North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2015

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provided by AT&T into T5@KingsMountain, a data-center park. Filled foor-to-ceiling with rows of servers humming continuously, data centers generate a lot of heat, which is lethal to computer components. "The air going into the servers will be about 68 degrees," Wangenheim says. It's about 25 degrees warmer when it goes out. "You've got to take the warm air out and cool it down again." Moss Lake water is pumped through massive HVAC systems to chill the air. Moss Lake also helped Kings Mountain lure a utility. In early 2014, offcials with St. Augustine, Fla.-based NTE Energy LLC, a wholesale power producer, announced it would build a $450 million power plant in Kings Mountain, one of three it plans in the U.S. The plant will use natural gas and employ 30 in 2018, when it's expected to go online and produce up to 480 megawatts of electricity. It will use steam from Moss Lake water, heated by the plant's primary gas turbine, to power a second turbine. That will make NTE the city's largest water customer, Murphrey says. But there are two more reasons NTE, which Inc. magazine recently ranked the 13th-fastest-growing U.S. energy company, chose this city on the Gaston-Cleveland county line: fuel and distribution. Tulsa, Okla.-based The Williams Cos. Inc.'s 10,200-mile Transco pipeline, which carries up to 10.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas from south Texas to New York City every day, runs through Kings Mountain. There also are nearby high-voltage transmission lines, another item on data centers' wish lists. T5@KingsMountain has its own 180-megawatt substation, with two links to the electrical grid, creating a more-reliable power supply. Tenants can choose from several telecommunications providers, each offering fber-optic cables that can handle large amounts of data. T5@KingsMountain's frst resident was Bangalore, India-based Wipro Info- crossing, which moved into the former Chris-Craft building in late 2010. The technology-services provider invested $75 million and wasn't alone for long. The following June, Burbank, Calif.- based Disney Worldwide Services Inc., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co., agreed to open a $200 million, 150,000- 30 N o rt h C a r o l i N a E Co N o m i C D E v E lo p m E N t G u i D E Dallas-based AT&T Inc. selected Kings Mountain for its data center, in part, because natural disasters are rar egion.

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