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Green Mountain announces new London data centre expansion

Written by Tue 12 Dec 2023

Norwegian data centre company, Green Mountain, has announced the construction of a new data centre expansion at its LON1-East campus in Romford.

The expansion will be conducted in two phases with each phase providing a capacity of 7MW, making a total of 14MW. The three new data halls will be housed inside an existing building and offer over 5,500sqm of white space.

White space refers to an area that is specifically allocated for IT equipment and infrastructure.

The campus has the potential to be expanded with an additional 16MW. The first phase is set to be completed by Q1 2025.

The site is supported by certified renewable power and will have a target annualised power usage effectiveness of 1.2. The backup power generators will use hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel instead of diesel to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90%.

The LON1-East campus is situated less than 10 miles from the City of London and Docklands financial centres. The campus is also located between the London and New York Stock Exchange data centres.

Green Mountain said the facility has connections to major fibre routes and access to over 10 internet providers. This facilitates a range of low-latency connectivity solutions.

“The unique location coupled with a strong team experienced in both building and operating highly secure data centres with 100% availability, makes this a fantastic site for customers looking for low latency connectivity, and easy access to London,” said Simon Blackburn, Managing Director for the UK at Green Mountain.

Green Mountain said the site has the potential to create an availability zone alongside other data centres in Dagenham and Harlow.

Availability zones are isolated data centres located within specific regions in which public cloud services originate and operate. Cloud computing businesses typically have multiple worldwide availability zones.

“Our aim is to gradually expand our footprint in several international markets. London is an ideal location to continue executing this strategy,” said Svein Atle Hagaseth, CEO at Green Mountain.

The data center was previously known as Infinity SDC. In January 2023, Green Mountain officially incorporated Infinity Data Centres into their portfolio and renamed the site LON1-East.

Green Mountain’s Past With Green Data Centres

Last month, Green Mountain and German power company, KMW, started construction for their new sustainable data centre in Mainz, outside Frankfurt.

The site is reported to be powered by 100% renewable energy, with gas turbine generators providing the backup power. The data centre will be cooled by the river Rhine.

In September, Vertiv established a new legal entity in Norway, to strengthen its partnership with Green Mountain and to support growth in Northern Europe.

As part of its expansion plans, Green Mountain has embarked on the OSL2-Hamar project, which involves the construction of a cutting-edge data centre in Hamar, Norway.

The OSL2-Hamar site will be powered by 90MW of renewable hydropower energy, with the potential to scale up to 150MW to accommodate future growth. It will also be enabled to provide balancing services to support the grid.

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Written by Tue 12 Dec 2023

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