In the recently announced Knight Frank SEA-5 Data Centre Opportunity Index Malaysia was identified as a top destination for data centre investment. As if to support this argument, two major data centre announcements relating to the country have been made in the past week.
Asian data centre provider Princeton Digital Group (PDG) has entered into a definitive agreement with JLand Group (JLG), the real estate and infrastructure arm of development institution Johor Corporation, for the acquisition of 31 acres of land in Sedenak Tech Park (STeP), Johor, to build a 150 MW hyperscale campus.
With an investment of RM 2 billion (about US$450 Million), the first phase of 60 MW is planned to be ready for service by Q2 2024.
The project marks PDG’s entry into Malaysia, its sixth country after Singapore, China, Indonesia, India and Japan. Named JH1, the data centre will be one of the largest data centre campuses in Southeast Asia to serve the infrastructure needs of customers across the region.
JLG meanwhile, has announced the expansion of its 640-acre data centre park, STeP 2, which is projected to be ready in September 2024. As part of the larger Ibrahim Technopolis (IBTEC) development, STeP 2 will be powered by a solar photovoltaic farm, in line with the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF).
Less than a week before this news Vantage Data Centres, a leading global provider of hyperscale data centre campuses, announced the development of a second data centre campus (KUL2) in Cyberjaya with an additional planned US$3billion investment. Upon completion, the KUL2 campus will deliver 256MW of IT capacity to meet the growing customer demand for hyperscale data centre services.
Located adjacent to Vantage’s existing campus (KUL1) in Cyberjaya, the campus will be sited on nearly 35 acres and will include ten facilities across 256,000 square metres.
In addition, Vantage is expanding its KUL1 campus with a fourth 16MW facility that is currently under development. Combined, both campuses will deliver a total of 287MW of IT capacity to meet the demands of hyperscalers, cloud providers and large enterprises.