Google, the world’s largest Internet-search provider, is investing 600 million euros ($773 million) in building a new data center in the Netherlands for its European operations.
Construction will provide work for more than 1000 workers. Google expects to start initial operations in the first half of 2016 and to be fully operational by the end of 2017. By then, the centre will create employment for more than 150 people in a range of full-time and contractor roles. The jobs do not require phds in computer science; they include IT technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, catering, facilities and security staff.
“The new Dutch data centre will benefit from the latest designs in cooling and electrical technology,” Google’s head of data center community relations for Europe wrote in the blog post. “It will be free-cooled–taking advantage of natural assets like cool air and grey water to keep our servers cool. Our data centers use 50 percent less energy than a typical datacenter – and our intention is to run this new facility on renewable energy.”
The groundbreaking ceremony, led by Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, took place on Tuesday, September 23.
The new data center will be located in Eemshaven—the landfall point for the high-speed transatlantic fiber-optic cable that connects the U.S. and Europe—which is critical to accommodate the tens of thousands of servers required by Google. In fact, eleven out of 15 sea cables for digital traffic between the U.S. and Europe come in through the Netherlands.
According to Minister Kamp, this investment by Google shows that the northern Netherlands is an attractive region to invest, offering reliable energy and ICT infrastructure, as well as a highly educated technical workforce. Francois Sterin, director of global infrastructure at Google, also referenced the availability of land and the area’s favorable climate as reasons for selecting the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and the Northern Development Agency (NOM) were heavily involved with Google throughout the decision process and in preparation for the arrival of the new data center, which is expected to be operational by early 2016.
The company will employ 150 permanent workers and, according to Sterin, may invest more in the area once the job is completed.
This will be Google’s fourth hyper efficient facility in Europe. The new Dutch facility will not cause Google to close down other data centers, and the company plans to invest in new facilities in Ireland, Finland, and Belgium in the coming years.
Based in Mountain View, California, Google is the world’s largest Internet-search provider. Google employs over 47,000 in more than 40 offices all over the world.