Macquarie Lodges State Significant Data Centre Plans


Macquarie Data Centres has lodged plans for its fourth facility in Sydney as the sector rides a wave of increased demand for information storage.

Macquarie, the data centres business of ASX-listed Macquarie Telecom Group, has now commenced a State Significant Development application process to build a 32-megawatt IT load facility.

In April, the state government lowered the threshold for warehouses and data centres to qualify as State Significant Developments to allow more developments in business zones to proceed without a development application.

Data centres are now assessed on total power consumption rather than capital investment value to more accurately reflect scale, complexity and potential impact. The threshold is now 10 megawatts total power consumption.

The centre, known as Intellicentre 3 (IC3) Super West, will be built at the growing Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus, which is home to three existing data centres costing in excess of $500 million.

The new facility will be the largest data centre on the campus, bringing the site’s total IT load to 50MW.

Macquarie Data Centres group executive David Hirst said the new global scale data centre would, if realised, be one of the most certified facilities in the region.

“Data is growing exponentially, and we have demonstrated time and time again our ability to deliver infrastructure to meet that growth,” Hirst said.

“Our data centres are sovereign, secure and certified to manage Australia’s most important data and drive the digital economy.”

Macquarie Data Centres has lodged plans for its fourth facility in Sydney.
▲ Macquarie Data Centres has lodged plans for its fourth facility in Sydney.

Macquarie’s proposed facility is designed to meet the needs of global companies, particularly multi-nationals, hyperscalers and software-as-a-service providers looking to expand in the Asia Pacific region, he said.

The new facility will use the latest physical and virtual security measures to meet government requirements for data protection.

The campus will also be the home of the Sovereign Cyber Security Centre of Excellence with an integrated mix of leading-edge physical and virtual infrastructure designed to monitor and manage cybersecurity events.

The infrastructure and personnel will be housed in the new facility, offering an Australian sovereign solution to the growing cyber security threat.

“This will provide vital skills development to the in-demand sector, which needs around 18,000 new workers in Australia by 2026 according to AustCyber,” he said.

NSW minister for digital Victor Dominello said the project would also enable the government to expand on its strategy, launched in May, to establish world-class cyber security infrastructure and capabilities in the state.

“This project will create valuable long-term jobs in the digital and cyber security sector and deliver sovereign data centres in NSW, supporting our ambition of making NSW the cybersecurity capital of the Southern Hemisphere,” Dominello said.

The announcement follows the completion of Macquarie’s $100-million Intellicentre 3 East, or IC3E, late last year and IC5 Bunker facility at its Canberra campus, which now holds two facilities.

In Sydney’s west, US data centre giant Digital Realty has plans to build two linked facilities, taking its total data centre footprint to seven centres in Australia offering 300MW.

ASX-listed operator NextDC struck a $1.5-billion bank debt deal that will allow it to power up its development pipeline, including major projects in Sydney and Melbourne

Nasdaq-listed Equinix, another big player in the local market with 17 facilities in Australia, has plans for a $80-million facility in Perth, its third such facility in the city benefitting from two 4600km submarine cables linking to Singapore.

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