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Start Campus secures first hyperscale clients for 495MW data centre in Portugal

Thu 5 Oct 2023

Start Campus has welcomed its first hyperscaler clients for the initial setup phase at its NEST building in Portugal, the company’s first-phase data hall.

In advance of the upcoming operational launch of the Start Campus data centre, the onboarding process for the new hyperscalers is underway.

The NEST is scheduled to be fully operational by March 2024 and will deliver an initial 15MW of power, setting the stage for a capacity of 495MW across six buildings.

When live, it will become one of Europe’s largest green hyperscale ecosystems.

Start Campus expects its facility will create up to 1,200 direct, highly skilled jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2028.

“This moment represents a very important milestone for Start Campus and the SINES Project,” said Afonso Salema, CEO of Start Campus.

The SINES Project is poised to become one of the first and largest renewable energy-driven data centre campuses in the world, and is strategically positioned to act as a gateway between Europe, Africa and the Americas.

“We are developing a dynamic sustainability-driven ecosystem that will place Portugal at the centre of the rapidly growing international data market,” added Salema.

To date, Start Campus has partnered with like EllaLink, EXA Infrastructure, DE-CIX, and Colt.

The location of the SINES Project enables Portugal to provide international access via transatlantic cable landings, multiple terrestrial network routes and the world’s largest Internet Exchange operator.

Major subsea cable players such as Medusa, and EllaLink’s Olisipo and Fortaleza-Sines cable systems have already identified the area as the emerging ‘Atlantic Hub’, ushering in a new era of global connectivity that does not rely on the FLAP-D markets.

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