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Meta plans for $2bn Denmark data centre campus

The company continues to see increasing demand in data consumption drive hyperscale investment across markets.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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December 13, 2021 | 3:00 AM GMT

Meta plans for $2bn Denmark data centre campus

Artistic representation of what the Odense campus will look like at full build. Source: Meta

Meta (NASDAQ: FB) said it will expand its data centre campus in Odense, Denmark, as the company continues to build out its digital infrastructure across Europe and the globe.

The company will add two more buildings which will add 90,000 square meters and bring the total building area on the campus to nearly 200,000 square meters.

Once completed, the data centre will represent an investment of more than 13 billion DKK (US$1.98 billion) and will support more than 300 jobs.

Construction will start in April and Meta said it anticipates there will be approximately 1500 workers on site at peak.

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In a Facebook post the company said: “Odense has been a great location for our data centre since the beginning and we are honoured to be part of this city. It provides good local infrastructure, a strong pool of talent, and great community partners.

“Since breaking ground in 2017, we have provided over 10 million DKK ($1.5 million) in grants and donations to local organizations including helping the municipality launch the Robot City Strategy, supporting coding skills at local schools and sponsored events focusing on education and sustainability for children and young people in Odense.”

The Odense campus is Meta’s first data centre in the world that supplies the local district heating system with surplus heat.

In 2022, the heat recovery solution will could produce enough heat for 11,700 homes in Odense.

Government-led industry body Invest in Denmark has been supporting and advising Meta in the process of establishing the data centres in Denmark.

Site selection and contact with Danish authorities are among the tasks that Invest in Denmark has assisted Meta with.

Commenting on the news, Steen Hommel, State Secretary for Trade and Global Sustainability at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, said: “I am very happy that Meta has chosen to expand its data centre in Odense. Invest in Denmark is proud to have worked with Meta to make the expansion happen.

“This new investment shows that Denmark is a perfect location for green digital investments. Green power, low latency networks and one of Europe’s most reliable power grids are just some of the reasons why global companies and international co-location operators are looking to Denmark.”

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