Turner & Townsend completes expansion programme for Khazna Data Centres

Turner & Townsend completes expansion programme for Khazna Data Centres
Published: 8 January 2020 - 7:15 a.m.
Turner & Townsend has completed project management on an expansion programme for Khazna Data Centre – expanding its existing facilities in Masdar City (Abu Dhabi) and Maydan (Dubai).

Khazna, which is majority-owned by Mubadala Investment Company, is the only dedicated commercial wholesale data centre provider in the UAE and one of the largest data centre infrastructure operators in the Middle East.

The expansion – comprising two new modular data centres approximately 17,166m2 in size – has delivered an additional IT load of 7.5MW at each facility.

With the completion of the expansion works, the two facilities boast a total IT load capacity in excess of 26MW

Turner & Townsend provided services spanning project management and design management through to contract administration, planning, and health & safety consultancy.

Throughout the procurement and construction stages, Turner & Townsend also led a team of technical consultants and cost consultants including WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and AECOM.

The data centre has achieved an Estidama Pearl 3 rating – the first time a data centre of such magnitude has achieved this in the UAE.

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Iyad Khalas, director of operations at Khazna, said: “This expansion is a milestone for us, bolstering our strategic position within the industry and enabling us to provide additional IT load capability across the region to meet growing customer demand.

“Turner & Townsend were invaluable as partners on a project of this size – bringing global experience in project management for data center infrastructure and specialist knowledge of the UAE market. Their appointment ensured we were able to deliver the new data centers efficiently.

Turner & Townsend has a long-standing relationship with Khazna, having been the partner of choice for project management on its projects over the last five years.

Andrew Pettigrew, project director at Turner & Townsend, said: “As data requirements accelerate in the Middle East, we’re seeing greater demand to deliver new infrastructure.

“We’re proud to support Khazna in its quest to be the main provider of data center space within this emerging market, and were well-placed to draw on our market intelligence, work collaboratively with the local authorities, contractors and operators, and ensure the new data centers were completed on time and on budget.”

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