Google creates new jobs in Groningen
Google will build a new European data center in Eemshaven in the province of Groningen. The total investment value of the project is €600 million. Construction will generate thousands of jobs over the coming years, and it is expected that the center itself will create 150 permanent jobs in Groningen. On 23 September Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp attended the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of work on the centre.
An attractive region for investments
"This investment by Google shows that the north of the country is an attractive region for investments", Minister Kamp said. "The region has sufficient well-qualified technical engineers and construction workers, and there is a reliable energy and ICT infrastructure. There is also enough space for construction here. This new center is good for employment and for the economy."
The data center will be built on an area the size of forty football pitches, and is expected to host tens of thousands of servers needed to be able to provide proper services, such as the Google search engine and Google mail (Gmail).
The Netherlands as a global internet hub
In addition to the reliable energy supply and the availability of well-qualified ICT specialists and technical engineers, Google chose the Netherlands as it is a global internet hub. Eleven out of the fifteen undersea cables for digital traffic between America and Europe go via the Netherlands.
Center starts at the beginning of 2016
The Dutch government has been actively involved in Google’s decision to select the Netherlands, with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and the Investment and Development Company for the Northern Netherlands (NOM) among the organisations whose efforts helped ensure the internet service provider would come to Groningen. The center is expected to start operations at the beginning of 2016.