$2.7 billion hyperscale data center soon to rise in New Clark City

Louella Desiderio - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Narra Technology Park Development Inc. (NTPDI) is pouring in around $2.7 billion to put up the country’s largest hyperscale data center in New Clark City (NCC) in Tarlac.

A lease agreement was signed by the provincial government of Tarlac and NTPDI yesterday to mark the start of the development of the 47-hectare facility that will house a 300-megawatt (MW) hyperscale data center in NCC.

NTPDI managing director William Johnson said in a press conference yesterday that the hyperscale data center will be put up in three phases, with the investment for each phase amounting to $890 million.

In addition, the company will be spending $35 million for site development.

He said the first phase covering 100 MW, is expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2026.

The start of development for the subsequent phases, which will also involve 100 MW each, will depend on the demand and uptake of offtakers.

Johnson said the hyperscale data center will be powered by clean or renewable energy.

A hyperscale data center is a large-scale facility providing critical data storage and applications to businesses.

“We selected NCC in Tarlac due to several factors. Firstly, the availability of large land parcels in the area allowed us to achieve the scale required for a project of this magnitude, a challenge in the land-constrained areas of Metro Manila. Secondly, NCC’s master-planned environment provided an ideal setting for the development of a modern hyperscale data center hub,” Johnson said.

He said NCC’s proximity to Metro Manila was also a factor.

“We also chose Tarlac due to its proximity to Clark Freeport and access to critical infrastructure such as power, water and fiber, as well as the availability of competent labor in the area,” he said.

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