Google has revealed that it will be investing $1.1 billion to expand the company’s existing datacenters in the Netherlands. In addition to expanding its existing datacenter in Eemshaven, the search engine giant will build a new datacenter in Agriport.
This latest announcement comes after Google revealed that it will be investing $569m to expand its services in the country in the coming years. With the latest investment, the company’s expenditures in the Netherlands will be total of $2.8 billion since 2016 to complete different projects.
Talking about Google’s decision to invest in expansion, Joe Kava, Google’s VP of global data centers, said “The Netherlands is a digital leader. In addition, the Netherlands has an excellent digital infrastructure, sufficient renewable energy sources and qualified personnel. Equally important is the support of the local community. We are grateful for the support we receive from both the municipalities of Het Hogeland and Hollands Kroon. All these factors together make it attractive for us to further expand our presence in the Netherlands.”
Kava also revealed that both of the sites, when finished their expansions, will employ around 500 people.
Google’s decision to expand its datacenters comes as tech companies have started to locate their datacenters in regions with accessible renewable energy in order to reduce reliance on fossil fuels in recent years. At the moment, both Facebook and Microsoft have datacenters in Lulea and in the Netherlands respectively.