G42 and Kenya’s EcoCloud signed a partnership to develop a 1 gigawatt data centre powered by geothermal energy in the presence of the Kenyan President William Ruto.

Powered by the potential of Kenya's 10 gigawatts of geothermal energy, the new facility will enhance cloud computing and AI services, strengthening digital transformation advancements in East Africa and beyond.

Located in Kenya's geothermal-rich region, the EcoCloud-G42 mega data centre will have an initial capacity of 100 megawatts, with the potential to build up to 1 gigawatts. By leveraging the earth's heat, the project cuts fossil fuel dependence and carbon emissions.

The agreement was signed by Peng Xiao, Group CEO of G42 and Amos Siwoi, CEO of EcoCloud, in the presence of President William Ruto and Dr Salim Alnaqbi, UAE Ambassador to Kenya. 

The initiative will build Kenya’s digital infrastructure and set the foundation for an ecosystem that includes cloud services and artificial intelligence to provide economic opportunities, stimulate innovation, and drive the digital economy forward.

Peng Xiao, Group CEO of G42, said: "In establishing this strategic partnership with EcoCloud, G42 is proud to be at the forefront of combining groundbreaking 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.” 

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."