Facebook reportedly planning to build a huge new data centre in Denmark
Facebook is planning to build its third data centre outside the US in Denmark, according to local news site fyens.dk.
The social media giant is reportedly looking to build a facility with three server halls in an industrial area near Odense, which is Denmark's third largest city.
Up to 1,200 jobs could be created during the construction of the data centre, fyens.dk wrote in a follow up article yesterday. Construction efforts will reportedly be led by British firm Mace.
The 500,000 square meter construction site was reportedly acquired by Cassin Networks Aps, said to be owned by Facebook, for 68 million DKK ($10 million), with the money going to the municipality of Odense.
A fence was reportedly put up around the site at the end of last week and the area is now being monitored by security.
The report from fyens.dk states that the data centre in Denmark will be even larger than Facebook's $450 million data centre in Lulea, Sweden, which opened in 2013.
Data centres are vital to Facebook, which is dealing with an increasing amount of information on its platform. These huge server farms are used to compute and process the actions taken by Facebook's billions of users around the world every day.
The news will likely come as a blow to other European countries like Iceland which have been trying tempt Silicon Valley giants to build their data centres on their shores in a bid to create jobs and attract investment.
A Facebook spokesperson said: "We have not made any final decision to come to Denmark. It takes years to get a site ready for a new data centre, and because of the long lead time, we're always evaluating potential new locations as we expand our global infrastructure. By doing work upfront, we can move fast when we do need more capacity. But, we're not committing to anything right now.