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Keppel in talks to build floating data centre off the coast of Singapore

Written by Tue 3 Sep 2019

Keppel Data Centres is exploring nearshore sites around Singapore to construct a floating hyperscale data centre

Keppel Corp is in discussions to construct a floating hyperscale data centre off the coast of Singapore.

Two years ago Keppel Data Centres, a subsidiary of the communications conglomerate, invested $10 million into Nautilus Data Technologies, a Californian floating data centre startup that in December filed a proposal to moor a facility at Ted Russell Dock in Ireland.

Keppel is now on the hunt for locations off the coast of Singapore to build hyperscale data centres, Keppel Data Centres CEO Wong Wai told local broadcaster Channel News Asia.

According to CNA, Keppel Data Centres has filed a proposal for the floating data centre concept, which it formed with the help of various Keppel Group entities, including its offshore marine division which helped engineer the floating structures.

Wai said several 10MW modules will be combined to form a data centre flotilla on the shoreline, similar to a marina but with prefab data centres instead of yachts.

The floating data centre would draw on energy from LNG power generated onsite for cooling to deal with the heat generated by the super high-density modules. If necessary seawater would also be used for cooling.

For other operations that need water the proposed facility would use seawater, potentially eliminating consumption of treated water.

Wong said the concept will cost far less to operate than land-based data centres.

“The range that we are seeing in cost advantage is anywhere from 20 to 30 to 50 percent,” he said.

Written by Tue 3 Sep 2019

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