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Grand Ming Group tops out its second high-tier data centre in Hong Kong

Nurdianah Md Nur | Jan. 16, 2015
The Tier 4 data centre will be able to accommodate 1,400 racks and provide 6 megawatts of critical power.

iTech Tower 2
From left to right: Alvin Kwan, Mike Yuen, Michael Tang, Jackson Kwong, Chan Hung Ming (Chairman of Grand Ming Group), Joey Lam (Deputy Government CIO -- Policy and Community), Donald Mak (Chief Systems Manager, OGCIO), TK Tsui, Paul Pao, Johnny Yick, Herbert Chan.  

Grand Ming Group recently announced that it has completed the construction of iTech Tower 2 in Hong Kong.  

With an estimated development cost of HK$682 million (US$88 million), iTech Tower 2 is the second high-tier data centre building of the Hong Kong-based construction company. It is designed to meet the requirements of high-tier data centre, is ready for Tier IV specification, and boasts reliability of 99.999 percent, according to Grand Ming Group's statement.

With a floor area of 108,000 square feet, iTech Tower 2 will be able to accommodate 1,400 racks. At full utilisation, the data centre will provide 6 megawatts of critical power, powered by CLP Power Hong Kong and other primary substations.

Next steps
The next stage of work for iTech Tower 2 is the mechanical and engineering (M&E) provision, which includes moving in major equipment such as diesel generators, chillers and Uninterruptible Power Supply systems. Thereafter, works on testing and commissioning of individual systems will commence, followed by an Integrated Performance Verification Test.

Installation works are expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of this year.

Government support
Grand Ming Group is the first company in Hong Kong to apply for lease modification to convert an existing industrial site to high-tier data centre use.

It wasn't easy getting the government's approval due to "unprecedented case in using high-tier data centre use on an industrial land development," said Chan Hung Ming, the company's chairman. However, the company managed to receive help in getting proper approvals for the project from the data centre facilitation unit in the government CIO's office.

According to Joey Lam, JP, deputy government CIO for policy and community in Hong Kong, the development of iTech Tower 2 will further enhance Hong Kong's data centre portfolio. This is because iTech Tower 2 contributes to the wide selection of data centres in Hong Kong that meet the requirements of high-end customers.


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