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YTL, GDS to partner on 168MW data center in Malaysia

YTL Power International Berhad an international multi-utility infrastructure group, and GDS Holdings Limited a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China, signed a partnership to co-develop 168MW of data center capacity, across 8 individual data center facilities, at the upcoming YTL Green Data Center Park in Johor, Malaysia. The first phase of the co-development will enter service in 2024.

YTL Green Data Center Park is a visionary project initiated by YTL Data Center Holdings Pte. Ltd. (“YTL DC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of YTL Power. Located in Kulai, Johor, approximately 30 kilometres from the cities of Johor Bahru and Singapore, it will comprise 500MW of total data center capacity integrated with an equivalent amount of solar power generation. It is the first hyperscale data center campus in Malaysia to be powered by on-site renewable energy.

Separate from the co-development with GDS, construction of 72MW of capacity has already commenced on site for other hyperscale customers. With 275 acres dedicated toward data center development, YTL Green Data Center Park in Johor is expected to serve a growing demand in the region for sustainable and cost efficient data center solutions.

GDS’s presence at the YTL Green Data Center Park will complement its previously announced hyperscale data center projects at Nusajaya Tech Park, Johor and Nongsa Digital Park, Batam, Indonesia.

Dato’ Yeoh Seok Hong, Managing Director of YTL Power, said, “We are excited to partner with GDS, one of the largest data center companies in the world, to anchor our world-class green data center campus in Johor. Our shared vision for a truly integrated, sustainable energy powered facility with dedicated dark fibre capacity is an exciting one and will position it as the place to be for hyperscalers and co-location customers alike.”

William Huang, Chairman and CEO of GDS, said, “We are delighted to partner with such an outstanding group as YTL, with an exceptional track record of infrastructure development over more than 60 years. This project is truly visionary, combining hyperscale data center capacity, powered by on-site renewable energy, within touching distance of the major regional hubs. We have now initiated three projects in Southeast Asia which together create a unique platform for hyperscale customers to deploy with low latency connectivity, multi-site redundancy, and access to renewable energy.”

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