Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) has struck an agreement with Singaporean firm RDA Ventures Pte Ltd to develop three data centres in Cyberjaya.
PKNS chief executive officer Dato’ Mahmud Abbas said the RM1 billion project, which will be managed by its subsidiary Selangor Industrial Corporation (SIC), is in line with the global demand for and importance of the data industry.
He explained that SIC will be responsible for drawing in customers, including foreign companies, while RDA Ventures will provide expertise on matters concerning construction, maintenance and operations.
“This data centre will be built in parts of the 34 acres of land owned by PKNS in Cyberjaya. They will be constructed within eight years, comprising three phases, with works to begin by the first quarter of next year.
“These centres will be equipped with cutting-edge innovations, besides ensuring optimal energy efficiency, robust design, cost-effectiveness, and reliable facility management,” he said during the signing of memorandum of understanding ceremony between, here, today.
Mahmud said the centres will be tailored to meet customer requirements, in accordance with current needs.
“They will also be constructed with consideration for green energy and environmentally-friendly design to ensure the preservation of the surroundings,” he said.
Meanwhile, SIC chief executive officer Saharom Mohni said the collaboration, which is expected to last at least 30 years, will open up various job opportunities, including for skilled labourers in electronics, computer sciences, statistics and administration.
He added that the data centres will involve the participation of major agencies like the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).
“The participation of various leading companies, including international ones, aims to ensure the security of information and data for customers.”