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Vantage Data Centers buys former Ford plant in Wales

Written by Tue 14 May 2024

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Vantage Data Centers has purchased a former auto factory in Wales to turn it into a data centre.

The purchase price was not announced, however, there appears to be enough space to develop a hyperscale data centre or a full campus of several data centre buildings. The site includes 158 acres of land, while the existing factory building covers 1.7 million sqft.

A spokesperson for Vantage noted this project will add to Vantage’s footprint in Wales and secure their position in the UK.

“Vantage has acquired the former Ford engine plant in Bridgend for a future long-term development. As a business established in Wales since 2007, Vantage is excited by this expansion opportunity and looks forward to continuing our engagement with the Welsh and local governments creating a positive impact on the local and broader economy and workforce,” said the spokesperson.

The company, a subsidiary of Digital Bridge, recently announced a £5 billion ($6.4 billion) investment by Digital Bridge and Silver Lake, which arrived on the heels of a £1.1 billion ($1.5 billion) investment from Australian Super.

These funds are focused on improving the company’s ‘strategic capabilities across North America and EMEA to partner with global hyperscalers in meeting unprecedented cloud and AI demand’.

Vantage Acquires Site in Ireland

Vantage Data Centers has a presence across the UK, with facilities located in London, Cardiff, and now Bridgend; in addition to a newly-acquired site in Ireland, close to the Dublin City Center.

The Irish facility will be comprised of two data centres, one providing 32 MW of capacity and another providing 20 MW. However, there is space (and power) available to add a third data centre to the campus in the future.

Due to the power constraints of the electrical grid in Dublin, Vantage has included an onsite power plant with its plan for the Dublin data centre. This 100 MVA multi-fuel generation plant will run on a combination of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and natural gas.

The plant will also be able to funnel excess power back to the grid, to boost power availability in the city. The company plans to use HVO to power backup generators and is already leveraging HVO to cover 99% of fuel requirements during the data centre construction phase.

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Written by Tue 14 May 2024

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