DigiPlex breaks ground on two new green data centres in Norway

WCN Editorial Team 17 Sep 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Norwegian data centre owner and operator DigiPlex has broken ground on two new green data centres in Oslo, Norway.

The two data centres will have a combined size of 8,500m² and represent an investment of NOK600m (£54m). The two new centres are expected to be operational in 12 months, before the end of 2020.

DigiPlex claims that Norway’s cold climate, low-cost 100% renewable energy and proximity to large European markets are the main reasons for international customers being attracted to the country.

The company has been banking on these natural advantages for nearly two decades and has been securing premium land and bringing together engineering and deployment capacity to meet the specific requirements of global businesses.

DigiPlex CEO Gisle Eckhoff said: “Our international customers see Norway as an excellent location for their data, with green and inexpensive energy, political stability and a cool climate. The two new centres we are announcing today will complement the three Norwegian centres we already operate, and form part of our continuing growth plans in the Nordics.”

DigiPlex plans to build the two new data centres at Fetsund and Hobøl. The Fetsund facility will be located at the company’s Fetsund campus adjacent to its current 10MW facility.

The second centre will be located at Hobøl, where the company acquired a 40,000m² plot with an option to purchase an additional 27,000m².

The two new data centres are expected to be environmentally friendly and will be built on DigiPlex’s modular design principles and equipped with the company’s air-to-air cooling system.

The system is claimed to suit the Nordic climate where DigiPlex operates, offering efficiencies and cost savings of up to 25% more than the industry average. The majority of the capacity across both centres has already been reserved for global customers.

DigiPlex chief development officer Daniel Joyce said: “These two new sites, which we’re excited to have operational as early as 2020, underline our ability to deliver against the high demands for speed, resource and capability that international customers have when considering build-out in new regions.”

The Hobøl and Fetsund developments are expected to generate hundreds of local jobs during the construction phase, while bringing business to local suppliers and subcontractors. 

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Image: Rendering of DigiPlex data centre in Fetsund. Photo: Courtesy of DigiPlex.

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