Google buys land in Denmark for proposed data centre
Mon 5 Jun 2017
Google has purchased a large plot of land in Denmark with a major data centre project in mind, according to local sources.
Reports claim that the tech firm has spent DKK 65 million (approx. £7.6 million) on the 73.2-hectare plot, located in an industrial park in Fredericia – a region in the eastern part of the Jutland peninsula.
Discussions around a potential data centre began over a year ago, but Google has only just confirmed its involvement publicly. The search giant had bought the land under the name of Dublin registered company Dapsi International, which was founded by MoonVille Limited (owned by Google parent company Alphabet).
‘When selecting an area, we look for a strong and supportive local community with the necessary resources, [such as] a workforce, infrastructure and a renewable energy supply,’ commented Mark Janssen, Nordic communications director at Google.
Fredericia mayor, Jacob Bjerregaard, added: ‘I am very pleased that Google has bought a large plot in Fredericia. The City Council is working hard to attract investment to the region, and it is succeeding. It is fantastic that one of the world’s biggest brands has decided to invest in Fredericia.’
According to Kristian Bendix Drejer, the region’s commercial director, there is expected to be a ‘few hundred jobs’ created by the project – both across the construction and development phase, as well as directly related to the new data centre.
Apple and Facebook are already underway with establishing data centre operations in Denmark, in Viborg and Odense respectively.
Apple’s development in Viborg is located close to an electric substation, obviating the need for backup generators. Facebook’s Odense facility, which was officially announced earlier this year, is the social media giant’s third data centre outside of the United States.
Geographically, Google’s closest data centre is based in Hamina, Finland. The facility is built within a former paper mill and is cooled by seawater.