Contract for Building the Largest Data Center in the Baltic States Awarded to Merko
According to Kert Evert, CEO of MCF Group Estonia, the company behind the undertaking, the construction process starts immediately and has to be completed by the 2nd quarter of 2021. „This is going to be the first purpose-built data center in Estonia, for it has been developed by taking into account solely the requirements for a data center,” said Evert.
„Three large construction companies participated in the procurement process and Merko offered the best price-quality ratio and the best competences is this field, in particular in technology. In addition, Merko had a clear vision about how to carry out the project,” Evert explained.
According to Member of the Management Board of Merko Ehitus Eesti Veljo Viitmann, it is a really complex large-scale project. „The cross-cutting feature of the whole project is its extremely high security level. To achieve this, both physical and electronic barriers will be created and the project has to meet the requirements of the ISKE Three-level IT Baseline Security System applicable in the Republic of Estonia. Nothing like this has ever been built in Estonia,” Viitmann pointed to the special nature of the project.
According to MCF CEO Kert Evert, the data center to be built in Saue will be the first of its kind in Estonia – the management of the whole construction and development process is in compliance with the ISO standard. „In parallel with the construction works undertaken by Merko, other partners will be delivering special parts for the data center, which will cost twice as much as the construction itself,” Evert added.
In the first phase, a 14,500 square metre three-storey building will be completed. The building was designed by architect Mari Kallas and civil engineer Holger Karema.
The MCF data center project was launched in 2015 by renowned and experienced Estonian and Finnish private investors. The project has been supported by Enterprise Estonia, the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and another ten or so institutions from both the public and private sectors.
The data centre is to be built is several phases on the border of the Saue and Harku Municipalities, the buildings will have 14,000 – 35,000 square metres of floor space to accommodate 1,000+ data cabinets with 40,000 servers. The data centre will require power capacity of 20+ MW, provided by two 110 kV independent power connections. In addition, there will be fuel for back-up diesel generators to provide power for 72 hours.