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Government of Andhra Pradesh partners with Adani Group to set up green data centres

January 11, 2019
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The Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Adani Group to build data centre parks with up to 5 GW capacities in and around Visakhapatnam over the next 20 years. This project would be a first-of-its-kind 100 per cent renewable energy powered project in the world. Adani group will be investing Rs 700 billion in this project and expects to create over 100,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state.

Through this initiative, the GoAP aims to develop the hyper-scale data centre market in the state, positioning Andhra Pradesh as the east coast data centre hub for India and South East Asia. The data centre parks will also be integrated with a cable landing station that will leverage the state’s long coastline to help provide global connectivity and redundancy that the country needs to manage its exponential growth of data.

The parks will be developed across three different campuses, with each campus offering complementing value and together providing required redundancy and reliability to Data Centre operators.

Commenting on the development, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, said, “The State of Andhra Pradesh continues to raise the bar and set benchmarks as it strives tirelessly to become one of the top digital destinations in the world. From agriculture to financial markets to smart cities to healthcare, digitisation is the future and will soon be a critical component of everything that we do. Efficient and eco-friendly data centres are the key to enabling this futuristic digital ecosystem. We are very pleased to see that the Adani Group believes in the vision of Andhra Pradesh as one of the most progressive states in India and hence, has decided to partner with the GoAP on this exciting journey.”

Meanwhile, Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani Group, said, “It is a very proud moment for us to collaborate with GoAP to develop the world’s first green data centre parks. Data centres are fundamental building blocks for enabling every aspect of the critical technology infrastructure that India needs to further accelerate its growth. In addition, the Adani group’s ability to provide 100 per cent renewable power and its experience in energy management is a critical aspect towards lowering the carbon footprint for an industry that is now the world’s largest and growing power consuming industry”.

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