Govt to set up data centre park by 2013
PLANS to develop a data centre park comprising up to six such centres were outlined yesterday.
These centres, to house computer systems and telecommunications equipment, among other things, will collectively take up 12ha of land and create some 1.3 million sq ft of space for the hardware.
Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts (Mica) Lui Tuck Yew acknowledged the difficulty businesses face in finding sites for their own data centres, so the Government, by clustering a few centres in a park, will bring them economies of scale and provide ready-built support facilities.
Slated to open by 2013, the project is a joint effort of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the Singapore Economic Development Board, the Energy Market Authority and JTC Corporation.
The park, which will make Singapore attractive as a centre for world-class Internet and media companies, will have a dedicated on-site power plant to cater to the centres' high power requirements and ensure a reliable power supply.
An IDA statement released yesterday said the 10 largest data centre operators here, including SingTel's data centres and the Jurong Data Centre, already consume as much energy as 130,000 households annually.
In order that data centres will have a benchmark of how efficient they are in using water and energy and in protecting the environment, a Green Mark specifically for data centres has been introduced.
This joint initiative by the Building Construction Authority and IDA kicks in next year.
The minister stressed the importance of growing the infocommunications sector sustainably by improving energy efficiency.
The consulting firm BroadGroup said Singapore's data centre capacity is projected to grow from 2.4 million sq ft this year to 3.6 million sq ft in 2015, a 50 per cent increase.