Google data centre at Eemshaven (photo: computable.nl)

Google data centre at Eemshaven (photo: computable.nl)

iPhoneclub (translation) says that Apple’s rumored plan to build a new data center in Netherlands are now focusing on the town of Eemshaven.

Eemshaven is an ideal location due to the high-speed transatlantic fiber optic cable link to the USA. Google already has a 10,000 square meter data center in the town, and it is believed that Apple has already been granted outline planning permission for its own center … 

Although the cost of the center has not been revealed, a comparable sized data center being built by Microsoft in the same area is known to be costing €2B ($2.7B). The center is expected to create between 150 and 200 new jobs.

Apple achieved 100 percent renewable energy sources for its data centres as of last year, a record which will be easy to maintain in a windy part of the Dutch coastline which is blanketed with wind-turbines.