Facebook.jpg Facebook rumoured to locate new data center in Sweden

According to Swedish newspaper NSD, Facebook is in the final stages of making an agreement with the local city council in Luleå, the largest city in the northernmost parts of Sweden. The city of Luleå is located just south of the polar circle and has a population of about 45,500, yet this could be where Facebook is planning to build its next data center which is said to consist of three massive server halls.

According to Swedish newspaper NSD, Facebook is in the final stages of making an agreement with the local city council in Luleå, the largest city in the northernmost parts of Sweden. The city of Luleå is located just south of the polar circle and has a population of about 45,500, yet this could be where Facebook is planning to build its next data center which is said to consist of three massive server halls.

So far it's mostly speculation, but all the details are said to be pointing towards Facebook. The local city council is said want to expedite the applications for the new server halls and is hoping to have everything approved by the end of this month. That said, this is a big hush hush project and as such only trickles of information has leaked out so far.

Even if the server halls aren't for Facebook, there are only so many companies that would need three server halls pulling a massive 473 million kWh of electricity, that's said to be a year's worth of power for 16,000 houses. On top of that, the facility is said to have no less than 30 backup diesel generators, just in case there's a power failure.

There is still said to be a few issues that need to be looked at before the building permit is given, as the location chose is close to a nature reserve among many things. The facility is said to need somewhere between 70 to 90 employees that will handle the 24/7 operations and each of the server halls are said to have a floor space measuring 300 by 100 meters. On top of the three server halls, two power stations are also going to be built nearby. It shouldn't be too long until we find out if this is going to be where Facebook will locate its first European data center or not.

Source: NSD and NSD