Facebook to expand Luleå data centre in Sweden

WCN Editorial Team 9 May 2018 EUROPE BUSINESS

Facebook has announced plan to double its data centre at Luleå site in Sweden.

The expansion will make the Luleå site one of the largest data centres in the world.

Facebook, which first decided to establish a data centre in Sweden in 2011, has so far invested $1.2bn in the centre.

When the new data centre goes operational in 2021, the Luleå campus will be more than 100,000m²/1million ft², making it one of the largest data centres in the world.

Business Sweden head of Data Centres by Sweden Tomas Sokolnicki said: “Facebook’s decision to expand their Luleå site confirms that Sweden has the best possible conditions to operate large-scale data centres.

“This demonstrates that we deliver on high expectations from global investors. It has been an amazing journey to work with Facebook and Luleå to help create one of the largest and most energy-efficient data centres in the world.”

Sweden has secure and reliable infrastructure and production, making the country fit for the digital era in a way that few other countries can match.

Other hyperscalers are also looking to establish units in Sweden.

Amazon Web Services is finalising the construction of three data centres in the Stockholm region and work is progressing on the 109ha plot acquired by Google to prepare for a data centre project.

Sweden’s low power costs, strong renewable energy production, near zero-carbon footprint and robust fibre connectivity make it one of Europe’s ideal locations for data centres to invest and expand.

Sokolnicki said: “Data centre investors are attracted to Sweden’s robust power grid, our fibre network and renewable energy.

“After the cost of electricity for data centres was dramatically lowered last year, interest from all kinds of data centre operators, from high performance computing to co-location has reached an all-time high.”

Sweden’s data centre industry is growing at an estimated 14% per year and is expected to employ 30,000 people in 2025.

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