Microsoft eyes Kemps Creek for new data centre

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A software giant is looking to Kemps Creek for expansion with plans for a $1.3 billion development.

US company Microsoft has a development for a data centre along Mamre Road that is currently being assessed by the NSW Government.

With a 17.38 hectare site at 707-769 Mamre Road, Kemps Creek, the application proposes a 190 megawatt facility be constructed over 14.4 hectares.

The Government documents state that the data centre would comprise of two two-storey buildings with an electrical substation, 31 generators and office space.

The plans also indicate a third data centre could be built in the future.

The Statement of Environmental Effects (EIS) said the development is expected to generate around 300 jobs during construction and over 50 full-time jobs once operational.

“The proposed development will be a low impact addition to the wider Western Sydney Employment Area – Mamre Road Precinct due to its minimal height, low intensity land use, minimal traffic generation and it would not create any visual amenity impacts on adjoining receivers,” the statement said.

“The proposal will provide positive social and economic benefits to the area and deliver an increasingly important cloud and data storage service to the broader community.”

Within a new industrial precinct, the EIS said the site will exhibit a fully considered architectural and landscape design.

“The main data centre walls have been designed to present an articulated form to the public roads where visible. The application of various tones and cladding seeks to alleviate the bulk and scale of the built form making a positive contribution to the streetscape,” the documents state.

With 120 parking spaces planned, the majority of staff will drive to the site and arrive between 8am-9am and exit by 6pm.

The project is being assessed as a state significant development by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). The Weekender understands that the DPIE will consider the application once the applicant responds to any submissions raised regarding the proposal.

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