Keppel, Salim Group to jointly develop data centre

An artist's impression of the high-availability data centre in Bogor, near Jakarta. The construction of the data centre's core and shell as well as first-phase fit-out are expected to be completed by the first half of 2020. Through the agreement, the
An artist's impression of the high-availability data centre in Bogor, near Jakarta. The construction of the data centre's core and shell as well as first-phase fit-out are expected to be completed by the first half of 2020. Through the agreement, the data centre and its underlying 3ha land plot will be held by a 60-40 joint venture between the Salim Group and the Alpha DC Fund respectively.PHOTO: KEPPEL CORPORATION

Facility in Indonesia to be developed and operated by 60-40 joint venture

Keppel Corporation has entered into signed conditional agreements to jointly develop and operate a high-availability data centre in Bogor, near Jakarta, with the Salim Group.

The agreement was signed by Keppel and the Indonesian conglomerate through the Alpha Data Centre Fund (Alpha DC Fund), managed by Alpha Investment Partners and Keppel Data Centres Holding.

"The data centre, IndoKeppel Data Centre 1 (IKDC 1), will be developed and operated by a 60-40 joint venture between the Salim Group and Keppel Data Centres," the companies said in a joint statement. "The development of the facility will take place over three phases and will feature a gross floor area of approximately 105,300 sq ft."

The construction of the data centre's core and shell as well as first-phase fit-out are expected to be completed by the first half of 2020, the companies said.

Moreover, through the agreement, IKDC1 and its underlying 3ha land plot will be held by a 60-40 joint venture between the Salim Group and the Alpha DC Fund respectively.

The companies envision that this land plot will be the first phase of what would be a larger 7ha data centre campus development that will cater to growing demand for data centre space in Indonesia.

The Salim Group already owns and operates a data centre in Indonesia serving financial institutions and enterprise customers.

Said Mr Wong Wai Meng, chief executive of Keppel Data Centres: "The partnership with the Salim Group is a prime example of Keppel Data Centres' strategy of working with strong local players in high-growth markets to design and build the robust infrastructure necessary for the digital economy's expansion and future proofing.

"We make sure that there's flexibility for growth and future capacity when our customers need it - power, space and connectivity should always be available to allow our customers to continue growing in our data centres."

Meanwhile, Mr Sugiharto Darmakusuma, director of Salim Group, said: "With our extensive fibre-optic connectivity throughout Indonesia and Keppel Data Centres' presence across the globe, we believe that we have met a perfect match to take part in the smart industry revolution."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2018, with the headline 'Keppel, Salim Group to jointly develop data centre'. Print Edition | Subscribe