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President of Kenya unveils green-powered mega data centre in collaboration with the UAE

President of Kenya unveils green-powered mega data centre in collaboration with the UAE

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Kenya’s EcoCloud and UAE’s G42 to develop world-class 1GW data centre powered by geothermal energy. The new facility will mark the beginning of a new era for cloud computing and AI services, propelling Digital Transformation advancements in the region.

In an unprecedented move that positions Kenya at the forefront of the global digital economy, His Excellency President William Samoei Ruto, witnessed the MoU signing between EcoCloud and G42, a pioneering project destined to revolutionise the digital landscape not just in East Africa, but across the globe.

Powered by the untapped potential of Kenya’s 10GW of geothermal energy, the mega data centre is the first of its kind in scale and ambition, heralding a new era of green energy-driven digital infrastructure.

Strategically located in Kenya’s geothermal-rich region, the EcoCloud-G42 Mega Data Center is planned to have initial capacity of 100MW, but with the potential to build up to 1GW, setting a new standard for sustainable data centres.

This initiative is not just an investment in technology but a bold statement of Kenya’s commitment to harnessing renewable energy for technological advancement. By leveraging the Earth’s heat, the project dramatically cuts fossil fuel dependence, slashes carbon emissions and stands as a beacon of environmental stewardship.

The collaboration between EcoCloud, a trailblazer in data centre development, and G42, the leading UAE-based technology conglomerate, marks a significant leap in Kenya’s journey toward becoming a digital hub. This strategic partnership underlines a shared vision for fostering a robust digital infrastructure that not only accelerates the country’s Digital Transformation but also fortifies its position as a leader in technology-driven development.

This strategic agreement was signed by Eng. Amos Siwoi, CEO of EcoCloud and Peng Xiao, Group CEO of G42, leading the UAE delegation, in the presence of His Excellency President William Samoei Ruto of Kenya, and Dr Salim Ibrahim Binahmed Mohammed Alnaqbi, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Kenya. 

This partnership is not just about erecting a digital infrastructure; it’s a foundation for a comprehensive ecosystem that includes cloud services and AI, catering to the vibrant and youthful population of Kenya. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) extends beyond infrastructure, aiming to usher in an era of cloud computing and AI services. This initiative promises to unlock unprecedented economic opportunities, stimulate innovation and drive the digital economy forward, making Kenya the centre of technological innovation in Africa and a competitive player on the global stage.

Eng. Amos Siwoi, CEO of EcoCloud, said: “This collaboration marks a significant milestone in our commitment to sustainability and innovation. By harnessing the power of geothermal energy, we are not only meeting the region’s data needs but also setting a new standard for eco-friendly infrastructure. This partnership underscores our dedication to a greener, more sustainable future for Africa and beyond.”

Peng Xiao, Group CEO of G42, added: “In establishing this strategic partnership with EcoCloud, G42 is proud to be at the forefront of combining ground-breaking technology with sustainability. This geothermal-powered data centre is a milestone towards realising Kenya’s potential as a global digital hub and fulfilling our mission of making intelligence accessible to everyone, everywhere.”  

The launch of this mega data centre is a clear call for innovation, sustainability and economic growth. It invites the world to witness Kenya’s transformation into a digital hub, powered by green energy and driven by the unwavering vision of its leaders.

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