Green Mountain builds new colocation data centre in Oslo region
- Green Mountains has acquired a large area close to Oslo with line-of-sight capacity of 40MW.
- The official construction of the first 4 MW building starts September 1st with estimated completion in September 2020.
- A substantial international client has already signed a contract for the entire first data centre building.
- The expansion into the Oslo region supports the growing demand for colocation services in Norway, from both national and international clients.
Green Mountain today announces the construction start of its new colocation campus at Enebakk outside Oslo, the capital of Norway. This will be Green Mountain’s third data centre site, in addition to its underground facility outside Stavanger and the facility at Rjukan, Telemark.
The site is approx. 20 km from downtown Oslo and is perfectly situated in terms of power supply, infrastructure and connectivity. “To support our growth strategy, we have for a long time considered an expansion in this part of Norway. One of our largest existing clients specifically requested us to build in the capital area, so our first building at this site is reserved entirely for this client.”, says CEO of Green Mountain, Tor Kristian Gyland. Green Mountain has options to expand at the site and will gradually develop the area into a large data centre campus. “We have already received several customer requests, both national and international, so it is likely that a multi-tenant data centre facility will be the next step of the expansion.” Gyland explains.
The last 12 months Green Mountain has invested close to 400 million NOK in expansions at the Stavanger and Rjukan sites and now an additional 420 million NOK site investment is a reality. Gyland is highly confident in the growth of the data centre industry in Norway. “Norway’s abundance of low-cost renewable power, the government’s beneficial framework conditions and Green Mountain’s ability to deliver sustainable and high-quality data centers at a rapid speed to market make a strong value proposition.” The Norwegian minister of digitalization, Nicolay Astrup, recently stated; “A computer-driven world needs data centers. Norway has all the prerequisites for becoming a leading data center nation.”
The new site manager of the DC3-Oslo site is already employed and will soon initiate the process of recruiting technical staff. When the first data centre building is in operation an estimated 40 people will have permanent employment at the site. The Mayor of Enebakk Municipality is excited about the establishment of Green Mountain: “ We warmly welcome Green Mountain’s data centre to Enebakk. This industry represents the “green shift” and will create positive ripple effects in our local community.”
Establishing in Oslo gives Green Mountain greater opportunities for growth. The proximity to diverse fiber routes to Europe and the US are often decisive factors for international clients, in addition to the sustainability aspect of course.
“Our strategy is continued growth in Norway. The Nordic region is considered a high-growth area for data centres and I believe Norway and Green Mountain are particularly well-positioned to take a significant share of this growth. The establishment of the DC3-Oslo site is an important step to support this strategy.” Gyland concludes.
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