Keppel planning floating data centres in Singapore

By Daniel Brightmore
Keppel Data Centres is scouting for a near to shore location which could be home to a data centre marina in the company’sbase of Singapore where land...

Keppel Data Centres is scouting for a near to shore location which could be home to a data centre marina in the company’s base of Singapore where land is in short supply.

Keppel’s CEO Wong Wai Meng, told Channel News Asia it was the company’s vision to build several marinas filled with floating data centre modules capable of sharing a floating “power-generation module”. He said Keppel “have a couple of sites we’re exploring around the island for Singapore’s purpose,” with most of them near shore.

A CGI rendition of the proposed marina concept showed a fleet of floating data centre barges including waterborne power sources. 

Keppel’s CEO explained that each barge could have 10MW of data centre capacity. In 2018, according to Structure Research) Singapore’s entire data centre capacity was around 360MW, so a floating data centre park could easily double the supply in the market.

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Keppel Data Centres is the manager and operator of premier data centres across Asia-Pacific and Europe. Through its parent company, Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd, it has more than a decade of experience in designing, building and managing data centres that support its clients’ mission-critical systems, while promoting the company’s green mission.

Keppel’s DC Singapore 3 is the pioneer recipient to receive the Platinum Award under the BCA-IMDA Green Mark for New Data Centres in 2014. The scheme consisted of a dedicated green building rating system for Data Centres (“DCs”) that is designed to encourage the adoption of energy efficient design, operation and management of data centres.

Key green features of Keppel DC Singapore 3 include:

  • Estimated energy savings: 15,326,774 kWh/yr
  • Estimated water savings: 3001 m3/yr
  • ETTV: 10.66 W/m2
  • Chilled water system efficiency 0f 0.6 kW/ton
  • Provision of variable speed controls for chilled-water pumps and cooling tower fans
  • Motion sensors for staircases
  • Naturally ventilated interiors for non-essential infrastructure
  • Majority of water fittings rated ‘Excellent’
  • Restoration, conserving or relocating of trees on site during construction
    More than 35% crushed concrete waste recovered and recycled
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