Google has acquired 30 hectares of land for a data center in Canelones, Uruguay

The company bought the land through its subsidiary Eleanor Applications SRL “to guarantee options to continue expanding” the company's data centers in Latin America "if the business requires it,” according to the statement given to El Pais.

“We are very excited to be able to grow our presence in Uruguay. Although the prospects for the project are encouraging, several instances are still pending before we can confirm the construction of the infrastructure center,” said the company.

Register now for DCD's upcoming virtual event on data center construction; DCD>Building at Scale

Google moves into Uruguay

Uruguay science park -- Parque de las Ciencias -- Canelonas.jpg
The Parque de las Ciencias in Canelones – Zona Franca Parque de las Ciencias

The plot of land sits in the Parque de las Ciencias Science park in the city, located around 45 km north of the capital city Montevideo. El Observador reports that the company may have paid $818,000 for the plot, but will invest up to $100 million on the site.

Google outlined plans to build data centers in Canelones through its Eleanor unit in filings to the government last year under the name of ‘Project Teros.’

The mayor of Canelones, Yamandú Orsi, told El País that the announcement “is good news” that the Municipality of Canelones has been “monitoring since 2019.”

“This is good news for the department of Canelones, for the route 101 corridor, and fundamentally for this country that needs investment,” he said.

Google currently has a cloud region in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and another in development in Santiago, Chile.

“It is a great satisfaction that Google announces this important step forward for its project in Uruguay. It confirms the confidence in the capabilities and potential offered by the country's technological ecosystem,” tweeted Omar Paganini, Uruguay’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining.

A version of this story also appeared in our Spanish edition.