Downtown Luleå. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Preparing the ground for Facebook’s expansion in northern Sweden

The company buys land for its third server hall in the town of Luleå.
May 03, 2018

Facebook already has two large server facilities in Luleå. Now a third is in the process. The company is this week expected to buy a piece of land for a new 35,000 square meter building.

Facebook will pay 3.3 million Swedish kronor for the land, Affarer i Nord reports. It is subsidiary company Pinnacle Sweden AB which is behind the deal.

The American social networking company built its first server hall in Luleå in 2013. A second followed in 2014. The third facility will be located in the Porsön peninsula, nearby the two existing halls. Nearby is located also the Luleå University.

The coming of Facebook to Luleå has given a boost to local economy. A big number of companies have followed and at least ten  datacenters have since been built.

By 2020, Facebook is expected to have generated about 9 billion kroner (€967 million) in overall economic impact from its datacentre operations in Sweden.

Anne Graf is Chief Commercial Officer with the Node Pole, an alliance network of more than 50 technology and construction partners in the region around Luleå.

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In early 2017, she told the Barents Observer that Luleå can offer what the companies want.

“Low carbon footprints, low electricity bills, high-tech solutions, great infrastructure and a intellectual community; we have it all,” she explained.

Anne Graf is Chief Commercial Officer with the Node Pole. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

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