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Keppel eyes floating data centre and LNG-to-power infrastructure developments

Keppel has inked agreements with Toll Group and Royal Vopak to study the feasibility of a floating data centre park (FDCP) and LNG-to-power infrastructure to support the centres.

In a potential adaptation of Keppel’s floating offshore technology Keppel Data Centres has signed separate MoUs with Toll Group and Royal Vopak.

The agreement with Toll Group will explore the feasibility of setting up a nearshore FDCP at Loyang Offshore Supply Base in Singapore. Meanwhile under the MoU with Royal Vopak the two companies will will conduct a feasibility study and assess the commercial viability of establishing LNG and possibly hydrogen infrastructure for the power and cooling plants for the FDCP.

Explaining the concept behind the floating data centre, Wong Wai Meng, ceo of Keppel Data Centres said: “We are also pleased to harness the diverse capabilities of the Keppel Group to explore the development of FDCPs as part of our suite of solutions for sustainable urbanisation. We see great potential in FDCPs as a commercially viable and attractive innovation that conserves land, water and energy, compared to traditional land-based data centres.

“Our FDCP concept will feature a modular design, which can be scaled up quickly according to customers’ demand. Fabrication of floating data centres can be done quickly and cost effectively in controlled environments such as Keppel Offshore & Marine’s yards and deployed in a ‘plug-and- play’ manner. This greatly reduces the construction-related carbon footprint of data centres, as well as the development costs and speed to market.

Sam Eid, executive vice president - global logistics, Toll Group, said: ”Our primary focus for the base remains to support the oil, gas, Industrial and marine industries. This initiative will allow Toll Group to take a significant role to improve space productivity and sustainability in Singapore whilst driving our primary focus.”

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