Two new data center projects are reportedly coming to Romania.

Citing Knight Frank data, the Ziarul Financiar reports two new data centers totaling 40-45MW are set to be built in Romania.

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The projects would total €500 million ($538m) in investment. Details about the companies involved, project location and scope, or timelines weren’t shared.

"In 2024 we are already talking about two investments in such projects in Romania, with a cumulative capacity of 40-45MW and we are waiting for the PUZ [local planning] for them," Stephen Beard, global head of data centers at Knight Frank, told Ziarul Financiar . "We are talking about investments of over €400 million in fit-out and total investments of €500 million in data centers."

He continued: “If we look at Romania's population and take into account the expansion of artificial intelligence and the migration to the cloud, we have the potential of 100MW data centers in Romania, compared to about 10 we currently have in Bucharest. We are talking about possible investments of €900 million in total."

Existing data center operators in Romania include NXData, GTS, and InfiniteChain. ClusterPower is one of the largest data center firms in Romania.

There are due to be five buildings built at the company’s 25,400 sqm (273,400 sq ft) campus, located in the village of Mischii, in Dolj County. The ClusterPower Technology Campus will have the capacity for up to 4,500 racks and 200MW, and be powered with natural gas. The first phase went live in 2022 and campus completion is scheduled for 2025.

Microsoft has previously been reported as looking at developing a campus in the country.

“We have a client from Romania who wants to find a data center in the market,” Beard continued. “Originally they wanted 3.5 kW per rack for 20 racks, but as of last month, they decided they wanted their own AI function and are now asking for double the power. And we are talking about an entity from Romania. The demand will increase more and more from now on.”