Updated: NEXTDC invests $75m into second Brisbane datacentre, creating 300 new Aussie jobs

Updated: NEXTDC invests $75m into second Brisbane datacentre, creating 300 new Aussie jobs

Also buys second Melbourne site to cost $85 million

Craig Scroggie - CEO, NEXTDC

Craig Scroggie - CEO, NEXTDC

NEXTDC has acquired a site for the construction of B2, its second datacentre in Brisbane, representing a $75 million investment in Queensland, with the creation of over 300 new jobs.

With a target capacity of approximately 6MW at full fit-out, the Datacentre-as-a-Service provider said B2 will deliver colocation space and connectivity to Brisbane’s business market, with the entire investment going into Queensland’s digital economy over the next 12 months.

The B2 site is located on the CBD fringe in Fortitude Valley, close to a major electricity substation and "significant" telecommunications and public transport infrastructure, ensuring convenient access for NEXTDC customers.

It has also bought a second Melbourne site, located in Tullamarine. This investment will cost about $85 million and includes land, base building and associated infrastructure to help support 2MW of IT load with a targeted capacity of 25MW at full fit-out.

“Market support for NEXTDC has allowed us to pursue the development of additional facilities for our nationwide network of world-class data centres,” NEXTDC CEO, Craig Scroggie, said.

“Our new Fortitude Valley location is within close proximity to Brisbane’s commercial centres, and will allow us to address robust demand for a secure, powerful facility to host critical IT infrastructure and support a diverse ecosystem of carriers and cloud service providers.

“We’re excited to be giving the opportunity for Australian and locally-based companies to deliver a majority of the project, including the data centre’s pre-fabricated elements.

“We expect the initial construction phase will support up to 200 jobs on and off-site, with another 100 supported deeper in the supply chain during the data centre’s life-time.”

Scroggie said NEXTDC conducted due diligence on a number of potential sites for B2, which included analysis of diverse access to power, water and telecommunications infrastructure, as well as resilience to potential security and environmental risks.

Going forward, Scroggie expects practical completion of B2 towards the end of the second half of FY17, which includes development of the land, base building and associated infrastructure required to support the initial 1.5MW of IT load at launch.

In speaking to ARN, NEXTDC chief operating officer, Simon Cooper, added that the company's B1 facility was almost at full capacity and this coupled with strong demand in the state was the catalyst for opening a new site.

"Brisbane is a thriving local market with a bright future for its rapidly evolving digital economy, and NEXTDC clearly sees the need to provide additional data centre capacity here," he added.

Cooper said that despite the planned expansion to a second facility in Melbourne, the company was focussing on expanding the capacity of existing facilities as it continues to scale.

Chris Player also contributed to this story.

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