Asia Pacific & Japan hyperscale data centre specialist, AirTrunk, has announced plans to develop its second data centre in Hong Kong, supporting the demand for critical digital infrastructure in the region.
Named AirTrunk HKG2 (HKG2), the data centre will be scalable to over 15 megawatts (MW) and strategically located in a new, major cloud availability zone in East New Territories. Initial capacity is expected to be delivered to the anchor tenant in mid-2024.
HKG2 complements HKG1 which opened in late 2020 in the West New Territories and provides location diversity for AirTrunk’s large technology customers. The addition of HKG2 takes AirTrunk’s capacity to more than 35MW in Hong Kong.
The facility will become the 10th data centre in AirTrunk’s APJ platform that also includes data centres in Australia, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. Collectively, the platform will offer almost 1.38 gigawatts (GW) across the region.
AirTrunk Deputy CEO, Michael Juniper, said: “As a key international business hub, Hong Kong has ambitions to accelerate the development of a digital economy. Combined with the rapid rise of artificial intelligence (AI), there is huge demand for cloud services and the supporting critical digital infrastructure. HKG2 will play an important role in responding to this demand.”
HKG2 will be a retrofit of an existing building and designed to meet the stringent security requirements of global technology customers (PCI DSS, ISO27001, SOC2 Type 2). Close to key data centres and Hong Kong’s connectivity hub, HKG2 will enable international connectivity with direct and low latency access to Greater China and neighbouring Northeast Asian countries.
AirTrunk Head of Hong Kong, KC Li, said: “The development of HKG2 will bring significant benefits to the Hong Kong economy, including the creation of new jobs, enablement of public cloud, sustainable innovation as well as community contributions.”
HKG2 will be designed to an industry-low power usage effectiveness of 1.25 and, as part of AirTrunk’s broader emissions commitment, deliver Net Zero emissions by 2030, as well as renewable sourcing options.
In November 2022, AirTrunk and CLP Power pioneered a first-of-its-kind renewable energy solution in Hong Kong at AirTrunk’s HKG1 data centre that matches Microsoft’s data centre electricity consumption with local renewable energy certificates (RECs).
For more information on HKG2 and AirTrunk’s contribution to Hong Kong, please visit: https://airtrunk.com/location/hong-kong/
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AirTrunk is a hyperscale data centre specialist creating a platform for cloud, content and large enterprise customers across the Asia-Pacific & Japan (APJ) region. The company develops and operates data centre campuses with industry leading reliability, technology innovation and energy and water efficiency. AirTrunk’s unique capabilities, designs and construction methodologies allow it to provide customers with a scalable and sustainable data centre solution at a significantly lower build and operating cost than the market.
A private company, AirTrunk is well capitalised to fund its development of data centres across the APJ region. In 2020, a consortium led by Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Fund 2 (MAIF2) and including Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), acquired a major stake in the business, investing alongside AirTrunk’s Founder and CEO Robin Khuda. MAIF2 is managed by Macquarie Asset Management, one of the world’s leading alternative asset managers and part of the ASX-listed Macquarie Group Limited (ASX:MQG).
For more information on AirTrunk, visit www.airtrunk.com