AirTrunk, the Macquarie-backed hyperscale data centre company, has unveiled plans to develop its first asset in Malaysia.

The company said it will develop AirTrunk JHB1, a 150MW-plus data centre facility in Johor in the southernmost state of Malaysia, funded under AirTrunk’s sustainability-linked loan framework.

The initial phases of JHB1 will provide 50MW of capacity, with construction commencing shortly and due for completion in 2024. The data centre is ready to scale out to a total capacity of more than 150MW, with further expansion based on customer demand.

AirTrunk founder and CEO, Robin Khuda said: “It is an exciting time for our business as we announce a new data centre in a new country with a large anchor tenant.”

AirTrunk CTO, Damien Spillane said: “With its flexible designs and innovations driving energy and water efficiencies in tropic climates, JHB1 will be the most sustainable data centre in Malaysia.

“In line with our Net Zero by 2030 target, we are working with our customers to source renewable energy to match electricity consumption at the data centre.”

The JHB1 facility will be AirTrunk’s ninth in Asia-Pacific and Japan. It takes the firm’s data centre platform to more than 1.35GW of capacity.

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