DigiPlex has opened its second data center at the Fetsund campus in Lillestrøm Municipality, Norway.

Fetsund II is a 2,200 sq m (237,000 sq ft) facility and is the sixth data center to be operated by the company in Scandinavia.

The 3MW construction took just a year to complete after it began construction in September last year and joins Fetsund I, a 10MW data center.

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Fetsund II under construction – DigiPlex

Built for demand

The facility uses an indirect evaporative cooling system along with DigiPlex's air-to-air cooling system, similar to other systems deployed by DigiPlex throughout Sweden and Norway.

The system uses the Norwegian climate and ambient temperature to cool down servers, so DigiPlex won't have to invest as much in refrigeration, leading to savings of up to 25 percent. The data center also uses a snowmelt and rainwater re-use system for cooling, just like its big brother facility, Fetsund I.

Wiljar Nesse, CEO of DigiPlex, said: "We are seeing increased demand from both our enterprise customers who continue to move their digital infrastructure from on-premise solutions into combinations of colocation and cloud, as well as from the largest IT companies in the world, so-called ‘hyperscalers’, looking to capitalize on the advantages of placing their data centers in the Nordics."

As Fetsund II opens its doors, DigiPlex is also building two other facilities in Norway. One is next to the two operative data centers on the Fetsund campus in Lillestrøm. The other, listed on the company's site, is southeast of Oslo, at Holtskogen, Hobøl municipality, in the Indre Østfold region.

The Hobøl facility is on a 40,000 sq m (430,000 sq ft) plot with options to buy an additional 27,000 sq m (290,000 sq ft).

The new facility and other expansion projects are partly funded from a senior secured bond issue of NOK 655m (US$63m) completed in May. This follows previous DigiPlex bonds - a NOK 1.8bn ($173m) listing in October 2019, a NOK 575m ($55m) bond in February 2016, and a NOK 500m ($48m) bond in June 2014.

Nesse added: “Both the location at Fetsund and Holtskogen are ideal, as they have ample access to power, are well connected, have expansion possibilities and the closeness to Oslo provide low latency for our customers."

Mayor of Lillestrøm Municipality Jørgen Vik, said: "It is a pleasure as mayor to see that DigiPlex has chosen to invest further and expand its business in Lillestrøm Municipality. It helps to confirm that Lillestrøm is an attractive place for future-oriented industries to establish themselves and that again contributes to new jobs."