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Empyrion DC breaks ground on its first South Korean data centre in Seoul’s prime Gangnam district
The 40 megawatt Gangnam Data Centre is slated for completion in 2025
8 June 2023
(L-R) Seraya Partners, Mr Douglas Kang, CFO; Hyundai Asset Management, CEO Jeong Wook; Hana Bank, Mr Kim Jin Woo, Head of Gangnam Business Division; Seraya Partners, Mr James Chern, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer; Daewoo E&C, Chairman Jung Won-Joo; Empyrion DC, Mr Mark Fong, CEO; H.E. Mr Eric Teo, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Republic of Korea; Seocho District Office, Mayor Jun Sung-Soo; Seoul Metropolitan Government, Deputy Mayor of Seoul for Economic Policy Kim Tae-Kyoon; Sejong Telecom, Chairman Kim Hyung-Jin; KCTC, Vice Chairman Lee Jun-Hwan; THE PRECON, CEO Yun Dae-Joong; Empyrion DC, Mr Choi Yongsuk, Chief Strategy & Infrastructure Officer
[8 Jun 2023], Seoul, South Korea - Empyrion DC Pte. Ltd. (“Empyrion DC”), a Singapore-headquartered next-generation data centre operator, announced the groundbreaking of its first South Korean facility today. Located in Yangjae-dong, Seocho-gu, the 40 megawatt Gangnam Data Centre (“GDC”) will be the first new data centre facility to be constructed in the prime Gangnam area in the last decade.
The 30,714 square metres nine-storey GDC marks the expansion of Empyrion DC’s carrier-neutral platform across Asia Pacific focusing on network-dense locations in key cities. The facility will be strategically situated near Seoul’s technology and business hubs and is scheduled to be ready in the first half of 2025.
Sustainability is a key strategy in the development of GDC, which incorporates a state-of-the-art cooling system and the use of high-efficiency Building Integrated Photovoltaic Panels (BIPV) on its building façade. As part of its social contribution efforts, Empyrion DC will also make a donation to the Community Chest of Korea to support low-income families in the Seocho district.
“South Korea is a leader in digital adoption and is a strategic growth market for cloud and enterprise companies,” said Mark Fong, CEO of Empyrion DC. “We are committed to supporting our customers’ future growth and are delighted to offer sustainable digital infrastructure solutions that can meet their demand for scalability and flexibility in this region.”
Traditional shovel ceremony to mark the GDC groundbreaking
The traditional groundbreaking shovel ceremony was graced by His Excellency Mr Eric Teo, the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Republic of Korea, and Mr Jun Sung-Soo, the Mayor of the Seocho District Office. It was also attended by senior officials from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and senior executives from Empyrion DC’s investor, Seraya Partners, and the project’s general contractor, Daewoo E&C.
“Singapore and South Korea have long-standing ties in multi-faceted areas, including strong trade and investment links which form the pillar for our close collaboration. I am pleased to join the groundbreaking ceremony of Empyrion DC’s first data centre in South Korea, which will support new sector growth in the digital economy. I look forward to strengthening our collaboration with South Korea,” said H.E. Mr Eric Teo.
GDC is Empyrion DC’s second data centre project in Asia, following its acquisition of Dodid, a Tier III-certified 12.5 megawatt data centre facility in Singapore.