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Actis unveils new Asia data centre platform
Epoch Digital developing portfolio with 200MW IT capacity across projects in Taiwan, Malaysia and South Korea
The Asset 20 Jun 2024

Actis, a London-based investor in sustainable infrastructure, has launched an integrated data centre platform in Asia with 200 megawatts of IT capacity under development across three projects and a strong pipeline for future growth.

Epoch Digital aims to develop, own and operate a scalable and geographically diversified portfolio of data centres in strategic markets in Asia where demand from hyperscale customers – big tech and cloud service providers – is growing.

The data centre projects are in Taipei (23MW); Johor Bahru, Malaysia (120MW), which is aimed at meeting demand from neighbouring Singapore; and Greater Seoul.

Epoch Digital will be managed by a team led by chief executive officer Hak Kiat Chng and chief operating officer Pei Ping Lim, who have worked together for over a decade and led the full lifecycle development of more than 250MW of IT capacity in the target markets.

The platform builds on Actis’ strong track record in the data centre space, having built or operated data centres globally with a total design IT capacity of over 300MW, including three in Asia prior to the launch of Epoch Digital.

Actis has been developing commercial hyperscale data centres in Seoul and is on track to deliver two assets to hyperscaler customers.

Through Epoch Digital and its other data centre platforms, Actis says, it is leveraging its deep expertise and capabilities in digital infrastructure, real estate, renewable energy, and sustainable infrastructure to provide energy-efficient and cost-effective solutions to hyperscale customers that need to decarbonize.

Large, global tech hyperscalers are by far the largest drivers of data centre demand so it’s key we tailor our offering to those target tenants,” says Thomas Liu, partner, head of Greater China and Asia data centres, real estate, at Actis.

“As hyperscalers become strained for capacity in mature data markets, they are increasingly turning to Asian growth markets for their needs, where they require cost-effective, decarbonized and scalable data centres. This is precisely what Epoch Digital is designed to provide and we’re excited to work with Hak Kiat and Pei Ping to deliver this for its customers.”

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