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Facebook to erect third foreign data centre in Denmark

Facebook to erect third foreign data centre in DenmarkFacebook announced Thursday it will build a new data centre in the Danish city of Odense making it the third such facility outside of the United States.

Facebook's director of data centre operations, Niall McEntegar announced of the plan at a press conference with local authorities.

McEntegar said: "The Odense data centre will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centres in the world."

The new facility will be built on the outskirts of Denmark's third largest city, best known as the birthplace of fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.

It will be powered exclusively by renewable energy, McEntegart said, adding that the cold climate could help to cool servers instead of relying on air conditioners.

McEntegart told local newspaper Fyens.dk that the centre would cost more than $100 million but would not be more specific. It would provide 150 jobs when operational, he said.

The Facebook centre, expected to be operational in 2020, will consist of two large data buildings, a building for administration and logistics as well as several other technical facilities, according to Fyens.dk.
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