NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie says the new centre will have a target capacity of approximately 6MW at full fit-out and deliver "much-needed colocation space and connectivity" to Brisbane’s thriving business market.
Scroggie says the new centre represents an investment of about $75 million in Queensland’s digital economy over the next 12 months.
“As we mentioned in February in conjunction with our half-year results, market support for NextDC has allowed us to pursue the development of additional facilities for our nationwide network of world-class data centres," he said.
“We’re excited to be giving the opportunity for Australian and locally-based companies to deliver a majority of the project, including the data centre's pre-fabricated elements. We expect the initial construction phase will support up to 200 jobs on and off-site, with another 100 supported deeper in the supply chain during the data centre's life-time.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the investment. “The NextDC B2 investment complements the government’s agenda to drive growth, jobs and the better delivery of services through innovation and next-generation IT services.”
Scroggie says NextDC conducted extensive due diligence on a number of potential sites for B2, which included analysis of diverse access to power, water and telecommunications infrastructure, as well as resilience to potential security and environmental risks.
The new site is close to a major electricity substation and significant telecommunications and public transport infrastructure.
NextDC expects the new centre will be completed towards the end of the second half of 2017, which includes development of the land, base building and associated infrastructure required to support the initial 1.5MW of IT load at launch.