Facebook Nebraska data centre to undergo 1mn sqft expansion
Facebook has announced it will expand its Nebraska data centre by a 1mn sqft, bringing the total size, when completed, to 3.6 mn sqft.
The news was announced in a post by Facebook, which claims the new expansion will bring in an additional $400mn in capital investment and 100 new operational jobs.
The social media platform also revealed that it will rename the centre from Papillion Data Centre to Sarpy Data Centre.
In a statement regarding the decision, Facebook said: “We will maintain hundreds of construction workers on-site for years to come. This brings our total investment in Nebraska to nearly $1.5 billion and supports more than 300 total data centre jobs.
“At the peak of construction, we will have more than 2,000 construction workers on site. When construction is complete, the data centre will be 3.6 million square feet in total.
“With today’s expansion announcement, we’ve added 500+ acres of land in Springfield to expand our campus across Capehart Road to the south of the existing data centre campus,” Facebook said.
It has also been announced at the same time that Arbor Day Foundation, a not-for-profit conservation and education company, will provide Facebook with $100,000 to support tree-planting initiatives in Nebraska in 2021.
Commenting on their mission to provide more renewable energy, Facebook said: “Our data centre will continue to be supported by 100% renewable energy.
“This is made possible through our investments in wind energy, including the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Farm in Dixon, NE.
“Facebook’s entire global operation is on track to reach our goal of reaching net-zero emissions and our data centres are leading the way.
“We have seen firsthand how this community pulls together to support one another. All of us at Facebook are thankful for our partners and community members in Springfield, Papillion, and Sarpy County who have made it possible for us to continue to grow here in Nebraska,” Facebook said.
LCL acquires ENGIE Solutions data centre in Gembloux
The data centre company LCL has announced today that it has acquired the ENGIE solutions data centre in Gembloux, Belgium through the acquisition of Cofely data solutions. The new facility, called Wallonia One, is the company’s first facility in Wallonia. As part of the agreement, LCL will take over the management of the facility’s employees as well as the data centre itself. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed.
LCL says that Wallonia One is its fifth data centre in the Belgian market and its second acquisition, after purchasing the Atos data centre in Huizingen in April last year. Laurens van Reijen, CEO of LCL, said: “With this fifth data centre, we are increasing our presence on the market. Gembloux is located in the heart of the Walloon economy. As a result, LCL Wallonia One offers excellent connection possibilities for the business sites and parks throughout Wallonia.
“Thanks to our other strategic sites located in the four corners of the Brussels and Antwerp peripheries, we can ensure that any company will have close links with other regions in our country”, van Reijen said.
Four employees under a fixed contract with Cofely Data Solutions will be joining the LCL team for the acquisition. Remaining part of the LCL Wallonia One, the employees will be under the leadership of their current manager, Nicolas Coppée, LCL said.
“We warmly welcome our four new colleagues and their support will be effectively integrated,” said Laurens van Reijen. “LCL is still strongly driven by service and quality. We intend not only to build synergies between our five data centres but also to introduce some innovations. Our current team of 37 employees is specialised in data centre services. So this is a win-win-win operation: for the customers of data centres, for ENGIE Solutions, and for LCL”.
Wallonia One’s “solar park”
LCL also says that the Wallonia One data centre features a solar park to provide power for the facility. The park includes 2,000 photovoltaic panels which generate 1MW of electricity, LCL claims. The centre also has a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.25, in line with the company’s sustainability and efficiency objectives.
Committed to making all of its data centres carbon-neutral by 2030, LCL has created the “Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact” across Europe, which consists of 24 companies and 17 associations.
In addition to Wallonia One, LCL and ENGIE Solutions have also concluded a collaboration agreement, thus enabling ENGIE Solutions to build new data centres for LCL. There are also plans for ENGIE Solutions to advise LCL on energy efficiency, given ENGIE’s experience in such projects.