CDC Data Centres announce $2.5bn investment increase

CDC Data Centres has revealed that it will be increasing the investment in its state-of-the-art Eastern Creek Sydney data centre, to a total of $2.5bn

CDC Data Centres has officially opened its new data centre campus at Eastern Creek, located in Sydney’s west. 

The site is state-of-the-art, and represents a current investment of $1.5bn. But, shortly following the launch of the new site, CDC Data Centres announced that it will further expand the world-leading campus, with a further investment of $1bn.

The extra investment has been made in order to prepare the company’s flagship Australian campus for its ambitious future growth plans. 

CDC currently operates 13 data centres across six campuses, located in Canberra, Sydney and Auckland. Construction is also currently underway for a new CDC campus in Melbourne. 

In 2023, the company plans to increase to 20 data centres, spanning seven campuses, while also expanding into new geographical markets. 

The opening of the largest data centre campus in Australia’s Eastern Creek

What is now Australia’s largest data centre campus at Eastern Creek was officially opened by the Hon. Victor Dominello, NSW Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, alongside the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Member for McMahon and Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy, CDC’s Founder and CEO Greg Boorer, and CDC’s Chairman, Brett Chenoweth

“This is a tremendous investment not only for the future and expansion of CDC but also for the growth of skills and jobs in Western Sydney,” said Minister Dominello, at the opening of the data centre. 

“It will further cement NSW as the tech and digital capital not just of Australia but across the Southern Hemisphere.” 

“Today is an important milestone for CDC in Australia. After investing more than $1 billion at Eastern Creek, in just four years we have created four world-class, purpose-built data centres featuring the highest technology, security, availability and sustainability standards for the industry,” Boorer added. 

At the opening, Boorer explained that CDC is currently implementing ambitious global growth plans, for which the new Eastern Creek Campus will play a pivotal role.

“That is why we are continuing to grow. CDC is expecting to exceed 700 megawatts of data centre capacity in the period ahead, dedicated exclusively to the most discerning government and critical infrastructure customers who cannot — and will not — compromise on the security, resilience and availability of their critical digital infrastructure.” 

“The Eastern Creek Campus, our flagship in Australia, is an important part of this growth plan. Already the four data centres are delivering a combined capacity of 123 megawatts, and we will start construction on two more on this site next year — to add another 108 megawatts of capacity.” 

Ensuring best-in-class sustainability standards for the new hyperscale site

At the opening, Boorer expressed his pride at the level of security and sustainability that CDC has been able to achieve within this new site. He said that these were principles that were prioritised throughout the build, and will continue to be followed throughout the ongoing expansion, too. 

“We are conscious of the potential environmental impact of our sector and understand the importance of sustainability and ESG to our customers and CDC’s role in contributing to positive outcomes across the entire supply chain,” Boorer added. 

“Our comprehensive ESG strategy underpins our net zero by 2030 goal with ambitious targets across all areas of materiality — and we are on track to achieve it.”

“Innovation is at the heart of CDA’s DNA, which includes the significant sustainability measures we design into our facilities to ensure we continuously improve our energy efficiencies, reduce carbon footprint and minimise construction and operations waste with each new build, and achieve our goal of remaining the most water efficient data centre provider.”

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