LG U+ has completed the construction of its second hyperscale data center, Pyeoungchon 2 Center, in South Korea.

The facility is expected to go live in February 2024.

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Announced in June 2021, the data center is located in Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, and has the capacity to house more than 200,000 servers. Regulatory filings in May 2021 suggested the company would invest more than 300 billion won ($267.9 million at the time) in the data center.

Spanning over 12 floors, three of which are underground, the data center has a total floor area of 40,450 sqm (435,400 sq ft).

For cooling, the data center has a fan in the upper part of the facility which brings in cool air from outside when the outside temperature is below 24 degrees Celsius (75.2 Fahrenheit), while the building was designed with a floor height of seven meters and wall insulation to slow internal heating. Rainwater penetration is also used for cooling and humidification.

The data center is powered by geothermal energy and also features solar panels and fuel cell facilities. This, combined with the cooling systems, is expected to save 121 GWh of energy and 55,000 tons of carbon per year.

LG U+ CEO Hwang Hyun-sik said: “The demand for Internet data centers (IDCs) is increasing due to the digital transformation movement and the use of ultra-large AI. We will lead the eco-friendly trend through research and development to save energy while building high-quality IDCs.”

This is the second large data center developed by LG U+ after the Pyeongchon Mega Center, also in Gyeonggi-do which opened in 2015.

LG U+ also has four colocation data centers in Seoul, as well as centers in Ayang, Daejeon, Jeonju, Gwangju, Daegu, and two in Busan, one of which is an army data center.