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CDC Data Centres increases Eastern Creek investment

CDC Data Centres will today open its new $1.5 billion data centre campus at Eastern Creek in Sydney’s west after announcing the company will further expand the world-leading campus with an additional $1 billion investment.

CDC’s Founder and CEO Greg Boorer says the company is proud to unveil the Eastern Creek data centre campus to its customers, partners and government representatives, one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Today is an important milestone for CDC in Australia. After investing more than $1 billion at Eastern Creek, in just four years we have created four world-class, purpose-built data centres featuring the highest technology, security, availability and sustainability standards for the industry,” he says.

“In recent times, the increasing number and sophistication of attacks and threats have brought data security to the top of national and organisational risks, and with it, an unprecedented focus on ensuring the very foundations of digital infrastructure are fit-for-purpose to meet and exceed our customers’ exacting requirements and expectations now and into the future

“That is why we are continuing to grow. CDC is expecting to exceed 700 megawatts of data centre capacity in the period ahead, dedicated exclusively to the most discerning government and critical infrastructure customers who cannot — and will not — compromise on the security, resilience and availability of their critical digital infrastructure," Boorer says.

“The Eastern Creek Campus, our flagship in Australia, is an important part of this growth plan. Already the four data centres are delivering a combined capacity of 123 megawatts, and we will start construction on two more on this site next year — to add another 108 megawatts of capacity.”

Construction of the Eastern Creek Campus began in 2018 and has created hundreds of jobs and generated significant opportunities for more than 100 businesses    across a supply chain of local vendors and manufacturers within the region.

Boorer says CDC was proud to lead the way in developing the most highly secure, large-scale, sustainable facilities which enable the delivery of technology programs that underpin the security, social and economic wellbeing of all Australians.

“We are conscious of the potential environmental impact of our sector and understand the importance of sustainability and ESG to our customers and CDC’s role in contributing to positive outcomes across the entire supply chain,” he says.

“Our comprehensive ESG strategy underpins our net zero by 2030 goal with ambitious targets across all areas of materiality — and we are on track to achieve it.

“Innovation is at the heart of CDA’s DNA, which includes the significant sustainability measures we design into our facilities to ensure we continuously improve our energy efficiencies, reduce carbon footprint and minimise construction and operations waste with each new build, and achieve our goal of remaining the most water efficient data centre provider.”

The official opening of Australia’s largest data centre campus at Eastern Creek takes place at 2PM AEDT in the presence of the Hon. Victor Dominello, NSW Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government and the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Member for McMahon and Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

Minister Dominello will officially open the data centre campus alongside Minister Bowen, Mr Boorer and CDC’s Chairman Brett Chenoweth.

“This is a tremendous investment not only for the future and expansion of CDC but also for the growth of skills and jobs in Western Sydney,” says Minister Dominello.

“It will further cement NSW as the tech and digital capital not just of Australia but across the Southern Hemisphere.” 

CDC currently operates 13 data centres across six campuses in Canberra, Sydney and Auckland, with construction underway for a new CDC campus in Melbourne.

The company plans to increase to 20 data centres across seven campuses and expand into new geographies in 2023.

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