DCI Data Centers, a fully-owned portfolio company of Brookfield, has commenced construction of its hyperscale data center facility in Auckland, New Zealand.

Codenamed AKL02, the new 5-hectare data center site will house the second cloud data center that DCI is building in the Auckland area. With a planned investment of $400 million, the company expects the AKL02 to become one of the largest cloud data centers in New Zealand.

“It is fantastic to now have construction underway at our second site, which will help to meet strong demand, address a critical capacity gap in the area, and support the growth of the digital economy. AKL02 will be Auckland’s largest data center when complete,” said Malcolm Roe, Chief Executive Officer of DCI.

“Working alongside both government and industry stakeholders, we’ve designed a highly-secure and sustainable data center that will enable the use of cloud technology to better protect data and information for all New Zealand organizations.”

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by dignitaries including the Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, Hon Dr David Clark; DCI Data Centers’ Chair, Udhay Mathialagan; representatives from Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara; and the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Malcolm Roe.

In terms of power supply, DCI plans to run its facilities in New Zealand from 100 percent renewable sources which include its Westgate site (AKL01) that has been under construction since mid-last year.

“We commend this approach and are pleased to be a partner of this endeavour, which will drive innovation, improve productivity and enhance quality of life for all New Zealanders,” said Udhay Mathialagan, Brookfield Managing Director and chair of DCI Data Centers.

“Brookfield has deep expertise in the timely and effective delivery of critical infrastructure and we are pleased to see DCI on track with the construction of its data centre builds in Auckland, demonstrating the benefit of access to global expertise and strong local management”

Also in Australia, DCI recently announced the development of a new data center located in Jerrabomberra, Canberra, where it has just secured land and power for the development of the new data center (CBR01). The new TIER-III, Zone 3+ facility is designed to have an initial capacity of 20MW with eight data halls on the 4 hectare site.