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Norway to add 100MW of leased data centre power by 2024

Nearly doubling its capacity, the country has recently enjoyed a stream of M&As including DigiPlex and Green Mountain.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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July 27, 2021 | 12:00 AM BST

The Norwegian leased data centre market is set to nearly double in size in the next 41 months as enterprise and cloud deployments continue to drive demand for hosting services.

In total, the country is expected to pack up 100MW, taking market supply to 216MW for both retail and wholesale colocation by 2024, according to CBRE Data Centre Solutions Consulting.

The think tank placed access to renewable and low-cost energy supply as two major reasons why the market is attracting new investment.

Many of the deployments include high-density use cases such as artificial intelligence (AI) compute and high-performance computing (HPC) which require large amounts of processing equipment and power.

In a number of cases, companies are able to move these functions where they do not involve sensitive data into lower-cost locations and this is driving international interest in the market.

The Norwegian leased data centre market saw 36MW of take-up in the last two years, analysts said.

Companies taking data centre supply included Microsoft which has deployed an availability zone to serve the Nordics.

Many other hyperscalers are showing continued interest in the market, however, are yet to fully deploy their own offering.

The market is currently being driven by larger deals, with the wholesale colocation market accounting for 83% of take-up and CBRE predicts it will reach above 90% in 2024.

The market has also seen healthy growth in leased data centre supply. The majority of the activity is centred around Oslo, where low latency connectivity is best served. Other HPC environments are located outside of the city where land is widely available alongside good power provision.

CBRE EMEA Data Centre Solutions Consulting Analyst Henry Gray said the industry continues to see large scale deployments, particularly from European businesses that are able to decentralise parts of their operation.

“Historical latency issues are becoming less of a constraint and the continued investments from data centre operators is placing Norway in an extremely competitive position with neighbouring markets,” Gray said.

“Power is still the main attraction to the market where cost-saving and environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) targets can be met with ease. Our figures are just starting to tell the story of the real importance of green energy in the data centre industry.”

Norway has in the past weeks lead the global data centre market merger and acquisitions with Oslo-based DigitPlex acquired by IPI partners and Green Mountain by Israeli real estate developer Azrieli Group (TASE: AZRG).

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