Data center company LCL has acquired ENGIE Solutions’ data center in Gembloux, through the acquisition of Cofely Data Solutions SA. Wallonia One, the new name of the data center, thus becomes LCL’s first colocation data center in Wallonia, Belgium. LCL is taking over the ENGIE Solutions data center along with its employees.

Photo Laurens van Reijen, CEO of LCL
“At LCL, we are focusing strongly on the Belgian market’s digital opening. With this fifth data center, we are increasing our presence on the market,” said Laurens van Reijen, CEO of LCL.

This is the sixth LCL data center in Belgium, and the company’s second acquisition, after acquiring the Atos data center in Huizingen in April 2020. The solar park established on the property, which generates electricity for the acquired story continues below the photo –colocation data center, is also included in the purchase. The value of current acquisition has not been disclosed.

“At LCL, we are focusing strongly on the Belgian market’s digital opening,” said Laurens van Reijen, CEO of LCL. “With this fifth data center, we are increasing our presence on the market. Gembloux is located in the heart of the Walloon economy. As a result, LCL Wallonia One offers excellent connection possibilities for the business sites and parks throughout Wallonia. Thanks to our other strategic sites located in the four corners of the Brussels and Antwerp peripheries, we can ensure that any company will have close links with other regions in our country.”

Five Data Centers 

Four workers from Cofely Data Solutions who are on a fixed-term contract will join the LCL team. They are still affiliated with LCL Wallonia One, where they are managed by Nicolas Coppée. This data center houses ENGIE’s IT infrastructure and will continue to do so. For the various colocation clients who are hosted there, nothing will change, according to LCL.

“We warmly welcome our four new colleagues and their support will be effectively integrated,” added Laurens van Reijen. “LCL is still strongly driven by service and quality. We intend not only to build synergies between our five data centers, but also to introduce some innovations. Our current team of 37 employees is specialized in data center services. So, this is a win-win-win operation: for the customers of data centers, for ENGIE Solutions, and for LCL.”

There are around 2,000 solar panels throughout the solar park at Wallonia One. The solar park was developed to supply power for the data center, which generates approximately 1 MW of power. The data center’s Power Usage Effectiveness rating would also be quite low, at a PUE figure of 1.25. This is in line with LCL’s overall sustainability and efficiency goals. By 2030, LCL plans to make all of its data centers carbon-neutral. The data center firm has formed the ‘Climate Neutral Data Center Pact’ with 24 enterprises and 17 groups on a European level. This agreement would adhere to the European Green Deal.

In addition to the acquisition, LCL and ENGIE Solutions have agreed to collaborate, allowing ENGIE Solutions to develop new data centers for LCL. Given ENGIE’s experience in similar projects, there are also plans for ENGIE Solutions to advise LCL on energy efficiency.

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LCL is ISO 27001, ISO 45001, and ISO 9001 certified and meets Tier 3 requirements. The company is also ISO 14001 certified.

ENGIE Solutions is a global provider of multi-technical installations and services. It assists cities, industries, and service sector businesses in achieving carbon neutrality. With turnkey and customized solutions, ENGIE Solutions provides its clients with a worldwide service that goes beyond energy, as well as solutions that help them meet the challenges of the energy transition. Its 9,600 professionals work throughout Belgium.

ENGIE Solutions is a subsidiary of ENGIE, a global pioneer in low-carbon energy and energy services with the goal of being the world’s first carbon-neutral company. In Belgium, ENGIE Solutions had a turnover of €2 billion in 2020.