On Tuesday, Google unveiled plans to invest around $773 million over the next four years to build a new data centre in the Netherlands.
The internet giant revealed in a blog post that it expects the facility to be operational by the first half of 2016 and fully operational by 2017. Google also expects to hire 150 people in areas including engineering, security and IT. The new data centre will also be eco-friendly.
“The new Dutch data centre will benefit from the latest designs in cooling and electrical technology,” wrote the company’s head of data centre community relations for Europe.
“It will be free-cooled–taking advantage of natural assets like cool air and grey water to keep our servers cool. Our data centers use 50 percent less energy than a typical datacenter – and our intention is to run this new facility on renewable energy.”
Over the past several years, Google has heavily invested in data centres across Europe; its first European data centre opened in 2007. Since then, Google has opened two more data centres, with the Dutch data centre set to become its fourth “hyper-efficient” facility.
Google noted that its investment in the new data centre would not see the company close down its other data centres. In fact, it plans to invest in new data centres in Finland, Belgium and Ireland over the coming years.
Google is facing significant backlash in Europe from competitors and regulators in its antitrust investigation. EU competition chief Joaquin Almunia urged Google to do more to make its search service fair or he said they risk facing formal antitrust charges.