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Google snaps up 300 acres for potential Utah data centre

Facility could join Facebook’s near-by $1 billion data centre as Utah politicians lobby for more digital investment into the state.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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October 06, 2021 | 12:00 AM BST

Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has purchased a 300-acre plot of land in Eagle Mountain, Utah, where it might build a large US$1.2 billion data centre campus according to the town’s mayor.

The acquisition and potential plans were announced at a press event on Monday by Eagle Mountain Mayor Tom Westmoreland.

He said: “This announcement solidifies Eagle Mountain’s position in the technology industry … and that our previous Fortune 100’s were not a fluke. “Eagle Mountain has an important part to play in the future of our residents and the state.”

Google has not confirmed if it will utilise the land for the development of a data centre, limiting itself to a statement confirming this might be a possibility.

“Google has acquired a site in Eagle Mountain, UT, for a potential data centre,” the Google statement reads.

“While we do not have a confirmed timeline for development for the site, we want to ensure that we have the option to further grow should our business demand it.”

If Google builds a data centre in Eagle Mountain, it will be joining other large players such as Facebook which is currently operating and building a US$1 billion hyperscale data complex spanning 1.5 million square feet in the region.

Speaking at the same press briefing, Eagle Mountain’s economic development director, Aaron Sanborn, said: “It is an exciting day for us to be able to bring additional jobs, additional investment to Eagle Mountain City.

“It will continue the process that we started years ago to make Eagle Mountain City one of the most desirable places in the state of Utah to do business.”

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