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GREEN MOUNTAIN STARTS €42M DATA CENTER CONSTRUCTION IN NORWAY

Green Mountain has just commenced the construction of its third data center, sited near Oslo, in Norway. This will eventually add up the company’s colocation capacity to 40MW.

The budget for the new facility (DC3-Oslo) amounts to €42 million and the first 4MW are scheduled to go live in September 2020. According to Green, a “substantial international client” has already signed a contract for the entire first data center building. This market opening may have been influenced by the facility’s proximity to diverse fiber routes connecting Europe and the US.

“To support our growth strategy we have for a long time considered an expansion in this part of Norway. One of our largest existing clients specifically requested us to build in the capital area, so our first building at this site is reserved entirely for this client”
Tor Kristian Gyland, CEO of Green Mountain.

“We have already received several customer requests, both national and international, so it is likely that a multi-tenant data center facility will be the next step of the expansion.”

Similarly, the German auto-maker Volkswagen, revealed in June that its company was the customer behind the expansion of Green Mountain’s hydro-powered data center facility in Rjukan, Norway.

Volkswagen took two data halls, totaling 2.75MW for its high-performance computing applications such as wind tunnel and crash test simulations.

“Locations in the Nordic countries of Europe qualify due to their good availability of more favorable, environmentally friendly energy and weather conditions, which can be used for efficient cooling of the facilities”
Volkswagen in its June Press release

In the last 12 months Green Mountain has invested around €40 million in expanding its other two sites and now set to deliver the first phase of this new facility (DC3-Oslo) by next year.

According to the company, Norway’s abundance of low-cost renewable power and the Norwegian government’s beneficial framework conditions were aiding its expansion plans.

Green Mountain is popularly known for its data center buried deep underneath the mountains near Stavanger, Norway.