A new 10 megawatt (MW) data centre has been opened in Lagos, Nigeria, by the Africa Data Centres.
First announced in April, the new LOS1 facility is the company’s first in Nigeria. When fully built out, the data centre will comprise six data halls and 6,000 sqm (64,500 sq ft) of white space.
“We built this facility in response to the massive demand from hyperscalers, key cloud operators and multi-national enterprises that already use our facilities and have expressed interest in being a part of bringing digitization at scale to West Africa,” said Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres. “Africa Data Centre is witnessing an unprecedented demand for fintech services, apps, broadband, cloud technologies, and more, all of which are seeing data demand skyrocket.”
As well as Lagos, ADC currently has or is developing data centres Lomé, Togo; Samrand and Midrand, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya. It announced plans for two more data centres in Nairobi and expand its presence in Johannesburg earlier this month. In September, the company announced a $500 million plan to build 10 data centres across Africa over the next two years.
Additionally, Africa Data Centres is investing in sustainability. Energy company Distributed Power Technologies which like ADC is also a subsidiary of the newly-formed Cassava Technologies, has been appointed to provide renewable energy and storage solutions for ADC’s data centre in South Africa.
The partnership will focus on the deployment of renewable energy generation facilities to meet the more than 10MW of energy at ADC’s’ Cape Town facility.
“Our existing data centres are being upgraded to accelerate the deployment of green technologies, within our commitment towards carbon neutrality. We are looking at making all our data centres sustainable to allow for greater efficiency and a greener environment,”Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres.
DPT is already operating solar PV systems for Africa Data Centres at the company’s 1.1MW facility Nairobi in Kenya and is in the process of completing a 1.2MW rooftop installation at the Midrand campus in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“We continue to build for Africa’s unique energy needs and to support the continent’s digital transformation. We understand the power needs of data centres and have designed our data centre solutions as hybrid solutions to improve energy resilience,”Norman Moyo, DPT CEO.