Macquarie data centre
Impression of the proposed new facility at the Macquarie Data Centre. Image Supplied.
  • A State Significant Development Application process started this week
  • 32-megawatt facility is expectected to bring in over 1200 jobs
  • Macquarie has spent over $100M in data centres recently

A development application process has begun to build their largest ever data centre in Sydney, the Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX: MAQ) has announced.

Macquarie has commenced a State Significant Development Application process this week for the Intellicentre 3 Super West facility which will be located in the Sydney North One of the Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus.

With an initial investment of circa $78 million, the 32-megawatt facility is expected to bring over 1200 jobs covering construction, engineering, cybersecurity and other occupations.

If approved, construction will begin in the second half of 2023 with the total IT load of the campus increasing to 50-megawatts.

“This data centre will attract new investment into Australia from multinationals looking to expand in the Asia Pacific region,” said Macquarie Telecom Group CEO David Tudehope.

“The NSW digital economy is rapidly growing, and this project will create world-class infrastructure and valuable long-term jobs in the digital and cybersecurity sector.”

David Tudehope, Macqaurie Telecom Group CEO

Once operations begin, the centre will be manned 24/7 while providing vital skill development to the in-demand sector, which needs about 18,000 new workers by 2026, according to AustCyber.

David Hirst, Macquarie Data Centre Group Executive, said the centre will one of the region’s most certified facilities.

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

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

David Hirst, Macquarie Data Centre Gorup Executive

Macquarie spent over $100 million on their IC5 Bunker facility Canberra and the IC3 East (Phase 1) facility at the Macquarie Park Data Centre. This investment brought over 1,600 to Canberra and Sydney during the pandemic.

Stuart Ayers, the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney said the facility is part of the state’s vision for NSW to become the leading cybersecurity state in the Aisa-Pacific region.

“Through Investment NSW, the Jobs Plus Program will support Macquarie Telecom Group with infrastructure rebates and payroll tax relief, delivering immediate job opportunities as well as many opportunities to attract further investment in the industries of the future.”

“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,” added Victor Dominello, the Minister for Digital and Customer Service.

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