Green Mountain plans new data centre cluster in Norway
Green Mountain, a Norwegian colocation services provider, has announced plans to expand into the Kalberg Valley data centre cluster in Norway.
Due to a new substation creating a powerful power hub as well as direct fibre connections to the UK and Europe, Kalberg Valley is well positioned to become a new data centre cluster in Norway and attract international hyperscalers, colos and enterprise data centres.
“There are few places in the Nordic region where the conditions are as favourable as at Kalberg,” said Tor Kristian Gyland, CEO at Green Mountain. “We already have request from several international clients.”
Kalberg Valley, on the western coast of Norway, has already seen interest from various stakeholders to develop the new DC cluster to compete with the traditional European hubs.
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Specifically, the area has several benefits that make the development attractive to investors. These include:
- Statnett, the national grid company, is building a new substation at Fagrafjell due for completion 2023. Once completed the area will be one of the strongest power hubs in the country.
- The substation is fed from three separate hydro power production areas. Giving it an abundant and reliable supply of renewable power from hydro and wind of about 1000MW within 36 months.
- A regional consortium led by Lyse is building a new subsea fibre cable connecting Norway to the UK. The system will form part of the existing Euroconnect1 cable, connecting Norway with hubs such as London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Hamburg. It is due for completion in 2021.
- Free cooling from the nearby fjord or air increases power efficiency.
- The excess heat from the data centres can be sent to the district heating plant 7 km away or be used to support industries like vertical greenhouses, land-based fish farms or bio-gas production in the area.
- The area is strategically located 15km from international airport and 20km from the university.
Together with Lyse, Green Mountain carried out a study outlining the different scenarios for growth and employment.
“In the high-case scenario we expect the area to grow bigger than the cluster in Lulelå, Sweden, where Facebook has established,” added Gyland.
“I am confident that this is the most promising area for data centre development in Norway today.”
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