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Google, based in Mountain View, California, already has one data centre near Eemshaven, Netherlands, and similar facilities in Belgium, Finland and Ireland. Photo: Bloomberg
Google, based in Mountain View, California, already has one data centre near Eemshaven, Netherlands, and similar facilities in Belgium, Finland and Ireland. Photo: Bloomberg

Google to build $773 million centre in Dutch hub Eemshaven

The Dutch government is trying to attract technology firms such as Google and Microsoft to the industrial centre, its economic affairs minister says

Eemshaven, Netherlands: Google Inc., the world’s largest Internet-search provider, plans to spend about €600 million (over 4,600 crore) over the next four years in building a data centre in the Netherlands for its European operations.

“We know this area well, there is available land and there is a favourable climate for us," Francois Sterin, director of global infrastructure at Google, said at a news conference on Tuesday in Eemshaven, 215km northwest of Amsterdam. Google will employ about 150 permanent workers once the job is completed in the area, Sterin said.

The Dutch government is trying to attract technology companies such as Google and Microsoft Corp. to the industrial centre, according to Dutch minister of economic affairs Henk Kamp. Eemshaven is the landfall point for a high-speed transatlantic fibre-optic cable which connects the US and Europe and has about 8,000 megawatts in power available.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, already has one data centre near Eemshaven and similar facilities in Belgium, Finland and Ireland. About 1,000 construction workers will build the complex and the work is scheduled to start in 2016.

Google may invest more in the area after the current facility becomes operational in 2017, Sterin said. “We have been growing very fast here and there might be a chance for more investment," he said.

The location of data centres determines which laws apply to the use and transfer of data, an issue highlighted by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations on the extent on government spying. Bloomberg

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