Northern Data acquires new facility in northern Sweden
German data centre operator Northern Data has announced the acquisition of a new facility located in the north of Sweden. Purchased in response to “massive customer demand”, the new facility comprises six data centre halls spread over 2.5 hectares of land.
The purchase has been funded by an issuance of €21mn in shares, and a cash payment of €4mn.
Following the acquisition, Northern Data plans to further expand the facility to an unspecified degree.
The facility is located in the Swedish city of Boden, some 80km south of the Arctic Circle. Consistently low ambient temperatures (the area annually averages around 1.3 degrees Celsius) will, Northern Data claims, make the data centre ideal for hosting power-intensive high performance computing (HPC) workloads.
As a result of low ambient temperatures and cutting-edge design, the facility has an outstanding PUE of 1.07, well below the industry average of 1.67.
Northern Data adds that, in addition to low temperatures to support efficient cooling, the area is uniquely well-connected to local renewable power generation resources. Electricity used to power the site is being drawn from 100% renewable sources, including local hydro power generation plants, which can provide approximately 4.5 GW (or 14 terawatt hours (TWh) per year) of electricity at ultra-low prices.
"Due to the high demand for HPC capacity, we are constantly reviewing options to quickly secure additional sites through acquisitions in addition to building our own data centres. This allows us to further accelerate our growth,” commented
“In view of this strategy, the new site in Northern Sweden is not only a real stroke of luck but also a significant expansion step for our company. Not only can we use it instantly, but we can also expand and develop it quite considerably, which we will do immediately. Our new site offers important advantages, such as lowest energy costs and ultra-efficiency, which will make it an important part of the Northern Data group going forward."
The site, which was previously owned by Hydro66, received several sustainability awards, and has achieved a number of efficiency certifications that rate it among the best-performing data centres in the world.
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.