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Actis Launches New Asian Data Centre Platform, Epoch Digital

Tue 25 Jun 2024

Global investor in sustainable infrastructure, Actis, has announced the launch of Epoch Digital, a new integrated data centre platform in Asia.

The current portfolio is under development offering c.200MW of IT capacity across three identified projects and a strong pipeline for future growth.

Epoch Digital plans to develop, own, and operate a scalable, diversified portfolio of data centres in select Asian markets where demand from hyperscale users is growing. Actis and the leadership team bring significant experience in infrastructure and real estate projects across Asia.

“We are focused on designing green data centres with a lower PUE than the market average to bring a powerful and attractive offering to market. The future looks bright for Epoch Digital,” said Dalmar Sheikh, Director, Global Head of Data Centre Operations at Actis.

Actis is confident the Epoch Digital platform will play a pivotal role in providing trusted and sustainable data centre services to meet rapidly growing data needs.

Chief Executive Officer at Epoch Digital, Hak Kiat Chng, said the emergence of generative AI is transforming industries at an unprecedented pace, driving the need for larger data centre capacities.

“This evolution highlights the critical synergy between data centre providers and IT tech giants, as they collaborate to support and enhance the infrastructure necessary for this technological revolution,” added Hak Kiat Chng.

The first project is a 23MW IT capacity data centre in Taipei, Taiwan. The second project, located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, will support 120MW of capacity to meet the data centre demand from Singapore, which has had a moratorium on data centre development since 2019. The third project is a data centre in Greater Seoul, South Korea.

Epoch Digital will be managed by a seasoned team led by Chief Executive Officer Hak Kiat Chng and Chief Operating Officer Pei Ping Lim, who have worked together for over a decade and led the full lifecycle development of more than 250MW of IT capacity in the target markets.

The platform leverages Actis’ extensive experience in the data centre sector, having built or operated centers worldwide with a total design IT capacity of over 300MW, including three in Asia before launching Epoch Digital. Actis has been a leader in developing commercial hyperscale data centres in Seoul and is set to deliver two assets to hyperscaler users.

Through Epoch Digital and its other data centre platforms, Actis utilises its expertise in digital infrastructure, real estate, renewable energy, and sustainable infrastructure to offer energy-efficient and cost-effective solutions to hyperscale customers aiming to decarbonise.

Actis’ investment in Epoch Digital further strengthens the firm’s position in the digital infrastructure market, with Actis having committed more than £1.1 billion ($1.5 billion) in the sector.

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