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Facebook ready to invest millions in new data center in Odense

Facebook is investing heavily i Odense.

Facebook is ready to invest several million euro in Odense, Denmark, where the IT company is building a new gigantic data center.

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Facebook is building three large server buildings. All in all, the servers in the data center will take up 184,000 square meters (2 million square feet) in the industrial area Tietgenbyen.

This is the third data center, Facebook is building outside USA. The 500,000 square meter (5.4 million square feet) construction site is, on paper, bought by Cassin Networks Aps. The company has paid the municipality of Odense 68 million DKK for the property (US$10 million).

In reality, Facebook is behind the company Cassin Networks and thus the acquisition of the property in Tietgenbyen.

The trail leads to Facebook

Neither the municipality of Odense nor the State Departments' "Invest i Denmark", which according to our information has been involved in the negotiations with the Californian IT-giant, have wished to give any comment.

However, confirmation that Facebook is indeed involved can be found in Danish and foreign business registers, which fyens.dk has acces to.

Through these registers, it is possible to trace the company, which bought the construction site, from the city of Odense to the capital in Copenhagen, on to Dublin in Ireland, and from there to Facebooks headquarters in California, USA.

The gigantic construction is already being prepared. Towards the end of last week a fence was raised and the area is now being guarded by security. The builders, the international construction company Mace, has moved in.

On the Internet, one can also find the official VVM-assesment (an environmental document) of the construction, which is developed by the consultancy company Cowi. The VVM assesment shows that the intention is to build three server rooms, an administration building, a substation and emergency power generators. The server rooms represent 92,000 square meters (1 million square feet).

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Larger than Luleå

At this time, we do not know how much it will cost to build the new data center, but Facebooks investment in Odense is thought to be significent. In the town of Luleå in northern Sweden, where a similar data center was opened in 2013, the investement was approximately 3.8 billion SEK (US$450 million) of which 1.5 billion SEK (US$ 175 million) were spent in Sweden on construction work, supplies, mechanical and technical assistance and logistics services.

Another large portion of the billion investment was spent on computers at netservices primarily imported to Luleå from abroad. Construction plans show that the data center in Odense is larger than the one in Luleå.

In Clonee west of Dublin, Ireland, where Facebook also is building a data center, the investment is, according to Irish media, thought to be around US$220 million.

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