Data center provider, Princeton Digital Group (PDG), has just announced its plans to develop a new data center campus in Sedenak Tech Park (STeP), Johor, Malaysia.

With plans to develop a 150MW hyperscale data center facility, PDG has also entered into a definitive agreement with JLand Group (JLG), Johor Corporation’s real estate and infrastructure arm, for the acquisition of 31 acres of land for the project.

“At this point, the focus for JLG is expanding data center opportunities as investors and operators are prioritizing the sector’s fast-growing prospects.  Through our integrated offerings at Sedenak Tech Park (STeP), we remain committed to strengthening Johor’s position as a regional data centre hub given its capability to meet the accelerating demand. PDG’s entry into Johor and STeP is a strong validation of JLG’s strategy and offerings.” said Datuk Syed Mohamed, President and Chief Executive of Johor Corporation and Chairman of JLG.

Codenamed JH1, the new data center project marks PDG’s entry into Malaysia, its sixth country which joins Singapore, China, Indonesia, India, and Japan. To launch the project, PDG and JLG held a signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur which was attended by dignitaries from both companies and others such as Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Onn Hafiz bin Ghazi, Menteri Besar Johor, and Chairman of Johor Corporation.

“We have a deep understanding of hyperscaler needs as they expand their presence in Southeast Asia while requiring access to best in class digital infrastructure.  Sedenak Tech Park with its strong power and connectivity infrastructure, and other enabling factors is the ideal site for our hyperscale development. Our data center will utilize next-generation, cutting-edge sustainable technology solutions. We are also actively collaborating with local partners and regulators to integrate renewable energy initiatives for powering our facility,” said Asher Ling, Chief Technology Officer, and Managing Director of PDG, Singapore.

With plans to invest RM 2 billion (approx. USD 450 Million), the first phase of 60MW is scheduled to be ready for service by the second quarter of 2024.

Furthermore, JLG announced that it will be expanding its 640-acre data center park, STeP 2, which is expected to be ready in September 2024. STeP 2 will be powered by a solar photovoltaic farm as part of the larger Ibrahim Technopolis (IBTEC) development.