Google drops $1.1B to expand Netherlands data centers

Google is expanding its data center in Eemshaven while also building a new facility in Agriport. (Google)

Google is spending $1.1 billion to bulk up its data center footprint in the Netherlands. According to a Monday story by Bloomberg, Google is expanding its data center in Eemshaven while also building a new facility in Agriport, which is roughly 30 miles north of Amsterdam.

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Google opened the doors on its Eemshaven data center three years ago. Last year Google announced it had invested 1.5 billion euros into its Netherlands data center operations. Combined with Monday's announcement, Google has now spent a total of 2.5 billion euros in the Netherlands.


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Google said last year that the data center in Eemshaven employs about 250 people, including IT specialists, engineers, security guards, catering staff, and facility managers. With the new data center, Google will employ around 500 employees in its data centers, according to a story by Reuters

Google previously said it picked Eemshaven because it had the "right combination of energy infrastructure, developable land and available workforce for the data center."

In the Netherlands, Google has purchase agreements with wind farms in Delfzijl and Zeeland (Krammer and Bouwdokken), and a solar energy park in Delfzijl Sunport for the purchase of renewable energy.

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