Google is investing a further €1 billion in the Netherlands, building a new data centre in Agriport and expanding its Eemshaven site. The new data centre will employ 125 people when operational. The company did not share details on the data centre’s specifications.
The decision brings Google’s total data centre investment in the Netherlands to €2.5 billion, and is the second expansion of the Eemshaven site; the company also invested €500 in March 2018. It is the first time the company has built two data centres on separate sites in the same European country. (It has five European data centres).
VP Google Global Data Centers, Joe Kava, said: ‘The Netherlands is a digital frontrunner… [It] has first-class digital infrastructure, ample sustainable energy sources and qualified staff available. Equally important is the support of the local community.”
The company noted that in the Netherlands, Google has a total of four PPAs (power purchase agreements) generating roughly 130 MW of power; underpinning its commitment to 100 percent clean energy. (The company has matched energy consumption at its facilities with a 1:1 renewable energy purchase since 2017).