Keppel Data Centres has signed separate MoUs with Toll Group and Royal Vopak to study the feasibility of developing a Floating Data Centre Park (FDCP) and LNG-to-power infrastructure in Singapore.

Keppel Data Centres and Toll Group will explore the development of a near-shore FDCP at the Loyang Offshore Supply Base, which is operated by Toll Group.

In addition, Keppel Data Centres, together with Royal Vopak, will conduct a feasibility study and assess the commercial viability of establishing LNG and possibly hydrogen infrastructure for the power and cooling plants, which will form part of the FDCP development at Loyang Offshore Supply Base.

The exploration of hydrogen infrastructure is part of Keppel Data Centres’ strategy to work towards the decarbonisation of its operations.

With the growing global demand for data centres, Keppel Data Centres’ FDCP concept is an environmentally-friendly and resource-efficient way to meet the expanding needs of the digital economy.

Data centres consume significant amounts of energy for cooling purposes, especially in the tropics.

A floating data centre utilises seawater for cooling and is much more energy efficient than conventional land-based data centres.

It also avoids the use of potable or industrial water in cooling towers, which typically results in significant water loss through evaporation.

In addition, FDCPs free up valuable land for other urban uses, making it a particularly attractive proposition for land-scarce cities.

The FDCP is envisaged to be the first-of-its-kind in Singapore, and is envisioned to optimise energy usage by integrating LNG and possibly hydrogen infrastructure for onsite power generation.

This would also eliminate reliance on the national grid. Furthermore, the adjacent LNG and possibly hydrogen infrastructure will potentially allow FDCPs to tap on cold energy generated from LNG regasification to supplement the cooling load.

Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres, said, “We see great potential in FDCPs as a commercially viable and attractive innovation that conserves land, water and energy, compared to traditional land-based data centres.”

“Our FDCP concept will feature a modular design, which can be scaled up quickly according to customers’ demand.”

“Fabrication of floating data centres can be done quickly and cost effectively in controlled environments such as Keppel Offshore & Marine’s yards and deployed in a ‘plug-and-play’ manner.”

“This greatly reduces the construction-related carbon footprint of data centres, as well as the development costs and speed to market.”

“Given the modular design, new floating data centre modules can be readily developed and deployed to replace the older ones, while the older floating data centre modules can be recycled for deployment in other locations, thus contributing to the circular economy.”

Sam Eid, Executive Vice-President - Global Logistics, Toll Group, said, “Our primary focus for the base remains to support the oil, gas, industrial and marine industries.”

“This initiative will allow Toll Group to take a significant role to improve space productivity and sustainability in Singapore whilst driving our primary focus.”

Kees van Seventer, President of Vopak LNG, said, “The partnership will also enable us to study the technical and commercial viability of hydrogen and its required infrastructure for power generation.”

“With our presence of 37 years in Singapore, we are committed to grow our footprint with sustainable infrastructure solutions.”