AusNet helping people stay digitally connected

AusNet Services (AusNet) has been appointed by Microsoft to connect three data centres to the energy grid in Melbourne’s north-west.

AusNet will manage the design, construction and operation of new transmission assets for Microsoft data centres in Truganina, Tullamarine and Yarraville.

Chad Hymas, Chief Development Officer at AusNet, said the company’s transmission expertise, local knowledge and experience delivering grid connections meant it was ideally placed to deliver the new infrastructure. “We are building the network infrastructure and creating local jobs to strengthen Victoria’s digital economy,” said Mr Hymas.

Data centres provide the physical infrastructure for the technology we depend on at work and in our personal lives. Whenever you open an app on your phone, join a virtual classroom or meeting, snap and save photos, or play a game online, you are using a data centre. Local businesses, government, hospitals, and schools rely on data centres every day to deliver goods and services.

“We are currently investigating the best pathway to connect the three data centre developments to our terminal stations via underground cables in road reserves.

“We are delighted to be the energy provider for this project which is aligned to AusNet’s business purpose of connecting communities,” said Mr Hymas.

AusNet will engage with stakeholders and local communities ahead of construction and keep people informed of any potential road disruptions.

Design work for the transmission assets is currently underway, with construction expected to commence next year and with estimated completion in 2024.

For more information and updates on this project, see Data centre connections.