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GOOGLE’S €1.2BN EUROPEAN DATA CENTER FACES LOCAL CONCERNS

The cloud giant Google, is still facing environmental and planning challenges on its proposed European largest data center in Bissen, Luxembourg.

The €1.2 billion facility is designed to be a 323,000 square foot data center, and Google has acquired the land for its development about two years ago.

However, no ground-breaking event has been done, as the local council responsible for approving the project saw half of its members vote against approving provisional plans for the data center earlier this year.

They fear that the hyperscale facility will not have enough infrastructure and logistics around its site. One of the major concerns is the poor transportation network around the village.

The council stated that the facility will not even have a rail link connected anywhere near it, and if other technology businesses spring up around the site, which commonly happens with new data center operations in Europe, the town of Bissen will be poorly served on the transport end.

Another concern is on the amount of water and electricity that the data center would need. With Google confirming the estimated cost of the project, it has also been disclosed that the facility will use up to 10 million liters of water per day, which is 10% of the total water consumption of the whole country, and more electricity than the country’s capital Luxembourg City.

“We have done hydraulic studies of the site and the most favorable solution would be a connection to the Alzette [a river near the facility], which would allow us to draw water from the Alzette and send some of it back out,” said Fabien Vieau, Google regional director for data center location strategy.

 

“We don’t have enough information to take a decision. That said, we are still very interested in Luxembourg and we would be very happy to see it through one day.”

Google plans to hold a meeting with the people of the village to answer their questions about its plans, which could include water temperature and safety issues. The community will however, not see any construction-start until 2023, if approved.