Australia’s Metronode, a subsidiary of Leighton Contractors, has signed a A$182 million contract with the New South Wales Government under the Data Centre Reform project for the provision of two managed data centres in NSW.
This significant contract will see Metronode build two new large-scale energy efficient data centres in NSW – one located in Sydney’s inner west at Silverwater and the other in the Illawarra region at Wollongong’s southern suburb of Unanderra. When fully developed each data centre will be capable of supporting up to 9MW of IT load.
“The innovative new data centres will utilise direct free air-cooling and modular plant systems to deliver world-leading power utilisation efficiency. On-site rain water retention and harvesting and an intelligent site monitoring system will provide further environmental enhancements,” Metronode GM Malcolm Roe. “With our new technology , the average annual ‘Power Usage Effectiveness’, or PUE has a target of 1.2 compared to traditional data centres that operate at PUEs of up to 2.4.”
As we reported earlier, Metronode itself has built an energy efficient data centre in Melbourne.
The NSW government contract has an initial ten year term and will see more than 250 jobs created during the construction phase.
“Sydney is Australia’s largest data centre market and a key location for multi-national corporations operating in Asia-Pacific. The NSW Government will be a key anchor client in the new data centres and when fully developed will have capacity to offer services to corporate and government agencies in Sydney, Canberra and the Illawarra,” Roe said.
Metronode’s data centre design has recently been awarded the prestigious Uptime Institute Tier III Accreditation providing NSW Government with real certainty on the reliability of Metronode’s facilities.
Peter McGrath, Leighton Telecommunications Executive General Manager, said this announcement secures Metronode as the NSW Government’s primary Data Centre supplier and also provides for the establishment of fibre-optic network infrastructure to support high capacity connectivity between the facilities.”