Wednesday, September 24 2014
Eemshaven, Netherlands – Google, the world’s largest Internet-search provider, broke ground today on its new $773 million European data center in the Dutch city of Eemshaven, which is located just 100 miles northwest of Amsterdam. The new facility will employ 150 permanent workers, while creating an additional 1,000 jobs during the construction phase.
“Google’s investment shows that the Netherlands is an ideal location for information and communications technology operations,” said Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp. “We offer a well-educated, technical workforce, reliable energy and the infrastructure necessary for the industry.”
The data center is built on a site the size of more than 40 soccer fields, and will accommodate tens of thousands of Google’s servers required to keep the company’s services, such as the search engine and Gmail, up to speed.
Google’s new data center will capitalize on Eemshaven’s strategic location—as the region serves as the landfall point for the high-speed transatlantic fiber-optic cable that connects the U.S. and Europe. Eleven out of 15 sea cables for digital traffic between the U.S. and Europe come in through the Netherlands.
Francois Sterin, principal for Global Infrastructure at Google, also referenced the availability of land and the area’s favorable climate as reasons for selecting the Netherlands.
“We are very happy to continue investing in the Netherlands and to expand our presence here even further,” said Sterin. He also extended his thanks to the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), the Northern Development Agency (NOM), the Province of Groningen and Groningen Seaports for their support during the site selection process.
“The arrival of Google’s new data center is a win for this region's employment and economy,” remarked Kamp. The facility is slated to be operational in the beginning of 2016.
About Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency
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