Hyperscale data center provider AirTrunk, has just announced its entry into Malaysia with plans to build new hyperscale data center facility in Johor Bahru.

The new facility, which is plan to span 10.3 hectares of land while delivering more than 150MW of IT capacity, will be AirTrunk’s first data center in Malaysia and ninth in Asia Pacific and Japan, bringing its data center platform to over 1.35 gigawatts (GW) of capacity.

“It is an exciting time for our business as we announce a new data center in a new country with a large anchor tenant. AirTrunk continues to develop critical digital infrastructure to support accelerating digitalization in the region,” said Robin Khuda, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, AirTrunk.

Codenamed AirTrunk JHB1 (JHB1), the initial phase of the new data center is to deliver 50MW of IT capacity, and it is expected to be operational in 2024, while the project is to be funded under AirTrunk’s sustainability linked loan framework.  

According to AirTrunk, the new facility will feature low power usage effectiveness of 1.15, a solar-ready roof, equipped to add 5MW of solar panels, as well as a plan to make renewable energy supply options available to their customers.

“With its flexible designs and innovations driving energy and water efficiencies in tropic climates, JHB1 will be the most sustainable data center in Malaysia. In line with our Net Zero by 2030 target, we are working with our customers to source renewable energy to match electricity consumption at the data center,” said Damien Spillane, Chief Technology Officer, AirTrunk.

Recently, AirTrunk also announced the successful close of a Green Loan in Japan, planned to finance its latest data center project in Tokyo – AirTrunk TOK2. The new facility which is sited on more than 4.6 hectares (11.36 acres) of land, marks AirTrunk’s second facility in Tokyo, and is designed to deliver about 110MW of power capacity upon full build.