French colocation firm Nation Data Center has begun development work on two data centers.

The Altarea Group subsidiary this month announces plans for new facilities in Brittany and Normandy.

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– Nation Data Center

In Brittany, the company has begun work on a new site outside Rennes. Located on a 4,000 sqm (43,055 sq ft) plot of land in Noyal-sur-Vilaine, the 3,000 sqm (32,300 sq ft) data center will have an IT capacity of 3MW. It is due to go live in ‘early 2025.’

“We aim to respond to the strong growth in the digital needs of businesses in Brittany, while reconciling the challenges of the energy transition,” said Okan Turedi, managing director of Nation Data Center.

"We will thus contribute to the decarbonization of IT in this region. We strongly wish to set up a local network, in line with French players who are increasingly looking for national partners, without compromising on the sovereignty and quality of their infrastructures.”

In Normandy, the company has begun work to refurbish an acquired facility outside Rouen.

Nation DC acquired a 7,000 sqm (75,350 sq ft) data center originally built for a large French bank in 2022. Located in Val-de-Reuil, the facility will be refurbished – including cleaning, asbestos removal, and reuse of materials – to meet the company’s standards and relaunched in ‘early 2025’. The facility will offer 2.8MW and operate with a PUE of 1.2.

“We are proud to announce this operation which is part of a development strategy throughout the country of around fifteen eco-responsible data centers by 2030, mainly anchored around major French metropolises,” added Ludovic Castillo, president of Nation Data Center.

Founded in 2020 and previously owned by French investment firm Bakjy Group, Nation DC was acquired by French investment firm Aktarea in 2022.

Nation DC first announced plans for the Brittany facility in March 2022 and the Normandy site in August 2022.

The company lists Paris, Lille, and Toulouse as future data center locations. It has previously listed planned projects in Bordeaux, Marseilles, Nice, Toulouse, Lyon, and Strasbourg, and had an agreement to offer space in Thésée DataCenters’ Aubergenville facility outside Paris.