Google has acquired 50 hectares of land in Hamina, Finland, for €4.3 million ($4.5m). The land is located next to the company’s existing data center and has been expanded and upgraded multiple times.
In 2009 Google bought the Summa factory from the Finnish paper manufacturer Stora Enso in order to convert it into a data centre. For the first phase of the project - completed in September 2011 - Google invested EUR 200 million. The data centre uses seawater to cool the massive complex and is powered by electricity from three new wind farms.
Usage not yet known
In 2020, Google opened its sixth data centre in Hamina. Google has not yet decided how it will use the new land. Lauri Ikonen, Operations Manager of the data centre, said Google has the opportunity to expand its operations in Hamina with the new area. "At the moment, however, it is too early to say how enlargement will take place," Ikonen said.