Artist’s impression of the Canberra Data Centre.

DCI Data Centers is planning a 20MW data center for the Canberra market and has secured approval from Essential Energy to bring in a 132kV power supply so the new facility is not solely dependent on the power supply from Canberra.

The secure Tier III, Zone 3+ edge data center will be built in the Poplars Innovation District in Jerrabomberra.

In response to growing security threats and tensions with China, the federal government wants greater resilience and sovereignty in the facilities hosting its cloud workloads.

The Peupliers district is intended for the defense, space, cybersecurity and high-tech manufacturing sectors.

In addition to DCI and Poplars, Essential Energy’s supply agreement includes other electricity users who intend to locate in the compound.

“This new data center is the first site to deliver true resiliency in the power supply that not only responds to a call from the government to support its cloud-first strategy, but will provide unparalleled security to our customers,” said said the president of DCI Data Centers and general manager of Brookfield. Udhay Mathialagan said in a statement.

“It will also be one of the main contributors to the urban development of the new district.”

The company said the new facility – codenamed CBR01 – will have an initial capacity of 20 MW, with eight data rooms and dedicated secure offices and four-hectare site storage.

Due to be ready for service in 2024, CBR01 will be designed to minimize electricity and water consumption.

DCI currently operates data centers in Sydney and Adelaide, with additional sites under development in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Darwin.