Construction commences on Sterling and Wilson’s data center project for Raxio in Angola


The company, providing comprehensive Turnkey Data Centre EPC solutions in India, will be responsible for designing and constructing the data centre facility, which will have Tier-III TCDD certification from the Uptime Institute.

Sterling and Wilson known for providing comprehensive Turnkey Data Centre EPC solutions in India entered the Data Centre industry in 2015. They have completed over 20 Data Center projects, totaling more than 60 MW of IT load, both within India and in international markets. Currently, they are in the process of executing a 5 MW project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a 10 MW project for a Hyperscaler in Hyderabad, India.

Recently it has initiated the construction of its second data centre for Raxio in Africa. This data centre will be the first of its kind in the country, offering independent and neutral Tier-III certification and an initial IT load of 3 MW, expandable to 7 MW, with space for over 1,600 server racks. It is designed for optimal performance and energy efficiency and is expected to be operational by the second half of 2024. Raxio is a leading provider of carrier-neutral, Tier-III data centres that are crucial for the development of Africa’s digital economies.

Sterling and Wilson will be responsible for designing and constructing the data centre facility, which will have Tier-III TCDD certification from the Uptime Institute. Their scope of work includes handling all aspects of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing, as well as the construction of the building structure using pre-engineered steel to ensure high quality and a faster time to market.

Prasanna Sarambale, CEO, Data Centre Business, Sterling and Wilson Private Limited said, “We are delighted to win and partner again with Raxio for their prestigious data centre project in Angola. The continued partnership further demonstrates the trust and leadership of S&W’s project management capabilities and global expertise.At Sterling and Wilson, we have a proven track record of delivering complex EPC projects and are confident that we can deliver a state-of-the-art data centre which will also meet the highest standards of quality, safety, and sustainability.”

He added, “The demand for digital services and connectivity solutions in Africa has been steadily increasing in recent years. With the growth of the digital economy and the increasing use of cloud-based services, businesses across the continent are recognising the need for reliable, secure, and scalable data centre solutions. Sterling and Wilson which has already executed multiple projects in Africa, is perfectly poised to make the most of this opportunity”.

Mr. Robert Mullins, CEO, Raxio Data Centres said, “Our decision to build Angola’s first carrier-neutral next-generation facility reveals our commitment to a well-defined strategy to provide the country with vital digital infrastructure. With the arrival of new connectivity solutions and the continued evolution of the digital ecosystem in the region, we will continue to build scalable, world-class facilities to meet the growing needs for connectivity, storage and data processing. This is a response to the continuous increase in demand for digital services and the evolution of connectivity solutions in the region. In addition, Angolais geographically very well positioned to be a strategic connectivity hub for the region, making it an important market for our growing portfolio. As with all our facilities, Raxio Angola is being developed in strict compliance with our ESG standards, generating a positive impact through the direct and indirect creation of hundreds of jobs with the utmost respect for the environment.”

Sterling and Wilson Group is an established player in the whole of Africa and enjoys considerable goodwill in the region. The Group has been executing projects in Africa for more than a decade, across South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Nigeria, Mali, Niger, Zambia and Namibia.

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