NextDC to add new Melbourne data hall

Melbourne-based data centre provider, NextDC (ASX:NXT), has added another data hall to its tier three M1 facility construction plans to provide six mega watts of additional IT load for customers upon completion in November this year.

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In a statement to the ASX, NextDC chief, Bevan Slattery, said the company had initially planned to fit out two mega watts of capacity across 3000 square metres of data centre space but based on projected growth, the company fast tracked the data hall expansion.

“This upgrade represents a massive 200 per cent increase in customer IT capacity and capability,” Slattery said.

“As previously announced, we are currently constructing a 17,500 square metre data centre facility in Port Melbourne.

“The M1 facility is designed to provide 6000 square metre technical space, with total load capability of 12 mega watts.”

The Port Melbourne site was selected in July 2010 at a cost of $15 million.

Slattery added that the company’s proposed M1 Cloud Centre in Melbourne was being built with Green initiatives in mind. This included a dedicated external area for two future tri-generation plants #8212; which produce electricity and use waste energy to produce heat and cooling #8212; aimed at achieving long-term energy delivery efficiency.

“Using tri-gen plant with one mega watts of continuous consumption at the M1 facility, CO2 emissions can be reduced by approximately 70 per cent, making the facility more attractive to customers in light of the proposed carbon tax,” Slattery said.

In July 2011, Slattery predicted that the company may be incurring costs of 2.7 cents per kilo watt at its Melbourne facility once the Gillard Government's carbon tax comes into effect on 1 July, 2012.

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