Google has bought a plot of land in the province of Groningen, the Netherlands.
The search giant has bought the last plot at the Hoogebrug Winschoten business park in the municipality of Oldambt, and may build a data center on the currently-vacant site in the future.
“The fact that an international company chooses Oldambt is good for economic development,” said Alderman Erich Wünker. “The company can be a trigger for other companies to do business here. And that can be a nice impulse for employment and quality of life in Oldambt.”
Located in the town of Winschoten, the Hoogebrug business park is a 12-hectare site, with Google taking the last plot on the campus.
Google reportedly worked with en Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij voor Noord-Nederland (NOM) – the Investment & Development Company for the Northern Netherlands – to identify possible suitable locations based on the company’s requirements.
The municipality of Oldambt said it is not yet known whether and when the lot will actually be built on. RTV Noord reports the land was bought for around €3 million ($3.5 million), and the company is still considering whether and when to build a data center.
Google currently has two data centers in Netherlands; Eemshaven which opened in 2018, and in Middenmeer which opened late last year.
Oldambt also said Google recently opened a sustainable water supply in collaboration with North Water and Waterbedrijf Groningen to use industrial water in nearby Eemshaven to cool the servers. The next step is to investigate is how they can use wastewater for the same task.