25 November 2010 – The Australian
GLOBAL Switch will spend $200 million to expand its Sydney data centre facility, a move that will create up to 450 jobs.
Once completed Global Switch will have nearly 50,000 square meters in data centre property.
The investment was secured after year-long negotiations between the state government and the data centre provider, NSW Premier Kristina Keneally said.
The project will span 22,000sq m of floor space, including six above ground and three levels below ground.
It is expected to create around 400 construction jobs and 50 permanent roles; the new facility will sit next to Global Switch’s existing site of around 27,000sq m floor space in the inner city suburb of Ultimo.
The total power draw when the new facility is full will be 32 megawatts, Global Switch said.
Global Switch is on a shortlist of contenders vying for the state government’s data centre consolidation tender.
“Along with our rapidly growing information economy, demand for data centre space in Sydney is growing,” Ms Keneally said. “This project will generate millions of dollars of new investment, increase data centre infrastructure capability, and reinforce Sydney’s role as a global financial and IT hub.
“We worked with Global Switch for a year to secure this decision, and the result is the $200m investment in Sydney and NSW.”
Construction will begin in mid-2011 and is due for completion by the end of 2012.
The new site will use a combination of energy sources, including natural gas, and collect, treat and re-use waste water on-site.
NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly said that under the approved proposal, “the company will adopt a tri-generation system that uses natural gas as the primary energy source, generating electricity on-site.”
Mr Kelly said tri-generation was expected to deliver a 45 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared with taking power from the electricity grid.
“In terms of waste water, there will be on-site rainwater harvesting and also recycling and on-site sewage/black water storage, treatment and re-use,” he said.
Global Switch has a slew of private and government clients including the Australian Taxation Office, Defence and NBN Co.
According to data centre consultancy firm CS Technology, industry will spend hundreds of millions of dollars new data centre facilities over the next 12 months.