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Design, Build and Maintenance of Perenco’s business critical data centre

Design, Build and Maintenance of a business critical data centre located in central London. Perenco is an oil and gas exploration and production company who operate across 16 countries. When the decision was made to relocate its offices, a new data centre was required as part of the construction. Due to Perenco’s previous experience with generalist contractors delivering data centres, the Project Team decided to appoint a data centre specialist to provide an innovative solution.

THE BRIEF

The data centre had to be designed to support varying rack densities from passive to over 7kw within a stable and resilient environment. The facility had to be expandable in line with IT growth providing a resilient infrastructure platform for critical IT systems. The facility also needed protection from potential liquid ingress.

 

CHALLENGES AND CONSTRAINTS

(1) Basement location gave logistic challenges for the installation team.

(2) Plant equipment had to be located 90m away, of which 70m was vertical; this gave challenges to the mechanical design.

(3) Limited plant and riser space adding further challenges to design and installation.

(4) Very compressed construction program due to the requirement of IT systems deployment before building occupation.

(5) Risk of liquid ingress due to basement location.

 

THE FUTURE-TECH SOLUTION

Future-tech provided a data centre with N+1 resilience in its cooling and power infrastructure, flood resistant, 1hr fire rated modular shell, VESDA and FM200 gas suppression. The solution also includes monitoring of temperature, humidity and fault status of critical equipment.

Power monitoring, in line with EU Code of Conduct for data centre Energy Efficiency guidelines was provided, allowing Perenco to measure PUE and understand power consumption at a granular level. Leak detection above and around the data centre is connected to the monitoring system to alert operatives of a flood before it can penetrate the facility.

With the compressed timescale in place, Future-tech were able to fast track the project and complete ahead of programme. The result is a scalable and dynamic facility that adheres to today’s design and build best practices.

The Perenco data centre is one of more than 60 facilities supported and maintained by Future-tech. For more information about scalable, modular, energy efficient data centres, their design, construction and operation, please contact our team on 0845 9000 127.

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DAVID STUTCHFIELD, ENERGY OFFICER, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREW’S

“With Future-tech’s careful attention to all the individual details we’ve ended up with a very energy efficient data centre“