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Singapore emerges as the biggest winner of its own data centre tender

Singapore could afford to be selective and extract additional commitments from bidders that may go beyond the business of developing and operating data centres, writes Claude Achcar, Managing Partner at Actel Consulting.

Updated July 24, 2023 / Original July 24, 2023

Claude Achcar, Managing Partner at Actel Consulting, taking part in The Tech Capital’s International Finance Forum 2023 in London. Source: TTC

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By Claude Achcar

Managing Partner, Actel Consulting

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July 24, 2023 | 1:25 PM BST

Singapore finally revealed last week the winning bids of its Call For Application (CFA), or tender for short, for new data center construction and operation – they call it a pilot, effectively lifting the four-year old moratorium.  It took a full year to close, and when awarded, was upped to four lots of 20MW from the previously anticipated three.  This is still a tiny amount by today’s hyperscale standards, that often see new data centers emerge around the globe about an order of magnitude bigger, including in neighboring Malaysia, in the state of Johor Bahru a mere few kilometers away.  Hence, these can only be viewed as symbolic. 

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