Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Project Raven. Facebook behind massive 146-acre Nebraska data centre

Site to be brought online by 2020 will count with four buildings totalling more than 2.4 million sqf of flooring development.

Facebook has put down rumours around being the company behind a large-scale data centre campus to be built in Nebraska by publicly announcing it will indeed build the development.

The data centre, in Papillion, was announced by Facebook’s VP of infrastructure Tom Furlong at a special press event at Papillion City Hall.

In attendance were also Nebraska’s Governor Pete Ricketts and Papillion’s Mayor David Black.

The development has been codenamed Project Raven, and according to the Omaha World Herald, has gone through several critical approval stages.

The data centre campus, which covers an area of 146 acres, will include up to four hosting buildings measuring an average of 610,605 sqf, totalling more than 2.4 million sqf of flooring development.

It is now known that the company expects to have the first phase of the project online by 2020.

Governor Ricketts said: “Growing Silicon Prairie through the state’s tech industry has been a priority for my administration.

“Having Facebook select Nebraska for its newest data centre campus shows our efforts and those of our partners are paying dividends.

“In the past year, I had the chance to visit Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California and meet with executives who are instrumental in building the company’s data centre ecosystem.

“We were able to demonstrate that Nebraska can meet or exceed their expectations on every front. We are excited to welcome Facebook to the Good Life!”

Taking to Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “[The data centre] will be powered by 100% clean and renewable energy and will create thousands of jobs in the community over the next few years.

“To grow the market for the clean energy we need, we worked with the Omaha Public Power District to create a new renewable energy tariff ( that will now be available to all companies.

“Advanced data centres like this are basically giant machines that make up the technical infrastructure for our community. It takes a lot of computing power to support our community, so we are going to keep building new data centres around the world.”

The Papillion data centre will be Facebook’s ninth facility. Other locations include Ireland, Oregon, Iowa, North Carolina and Denmark.