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ST Engineering advance on Singapore data centre

Written by Wed 26 Jun 2024

ST Engineering has broken ground on its latest data centre located in Jalan Boon Bay, Singapore.

The ST Engineering held a ceremony for the site, officiated by Low Yen Ling, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry for Singapore.

The seven-storey facility is expected increase the Group’s total IT capacity to more than 30MW across four locations in Singapore, when it is completed in 2026. The new data centre has a capex outlay of around £94.8 million  ($120 million) over the next three years. 

The data centre aims to accommodate high power density AI and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)-based workloads in excess of 20KW per rack, and is expected to ensure adaptability for future artificial intelligence (AI) and GPU-based workloads through partnerships with GPU industry players.

The data centre will also support various cooling systems, like the Group’s proprietary Airbitat DC Cooling System, as well as liquid cooling and immersion cooling systems to meet the rack power requirements. A total of 2,400sqm of solar panels will also be installed to reduce reliance on the grid.

President of Digital Systems business at ST Engineering, Low Jin Phang, said the new data centre further strengthens ST Engineering’s digital business offerings in cloud, AI analytics, and cybersecurity.

“This new data centre sets new standards in security and sustainability, and we have received strong interest from customers who place priorities in these areas,” said Low Jin Phang.

Upholding Security and Energy Standards

ST Engineering highlighted its latest facility stands out due to its high security and energy efficiency standards. Designed for users prioritising physical Cyber IT & OT security, the facility meets international standards, including ISO 27001 for cybersecurity and ISO 42001 for responsible AI development.

The data centre also features redundancy, business continuity, and information and intellectual property protection. It aims for a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.25, aligning with the BCA-IMDA Green Mark Platinum standard of 1.3.

Singapore’s Data Centre Moratorium

Since 2019, Singapore enforced a moratorium on new data centre developments. This was enforced, as the land-scarse country had 60 data centres with a capacity of 357MW.

This was slightly relaxed in July 2022 when the EDB and IMDA announced a pilot scheme known as Data Centre – Call for Application (DC-CFA).

The DC-CFA was introduced to facilitate the sustainable building of new data centre capacity where companies could bid for permission to develop new facilities.

The pilot received strong support within the industry, and the proposals from each successful company were reported to illustrate the applicants’ commitment in growing the data centre industry in a sustainable manner.

In July 2023, an AirTrunk-Bytedance consortium, Equinix, GDS, and Microsoft won the right to develop new data centre projects in Singapore, as the country prepares to end a four-year moratorium.

Following more than 20 bids, the four data centre operators have been provisionally awarded 80MW of capacity for the new facilities.

 

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Written by Wed 26 Jun 2024

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