“EEMSHAVEN IS AN EXCELLENT LOCATION FOR SINGLE-USER/SINGLE- OWNER DATA CENTERS BECAUSE OF ITS UNIQUE SPACE AVAILABILTY, (GREEN) POWER AVAILABILITY, INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY AND PRICE” (Deloitte)
FACTS & FIGURES
Available: 269 acres
Abundance of (wind) energy available
Power supply if one source fails
Attractive land prices
Presence of people with knowledge and experience
Direct link to GN-IX possible
No danger of flooding
Stable political setting
No danger of flooding
Presence of fiber-optic cable to connect to the (international) exchange
Eemshaven has all the facilities needed to guarantee the reliability required for data centers. Nowhere in Europe there is so much energy available as in Eemshaven: over 8,000 MW. There is ample space as well and the region has excellent connections with internet hubs in both Amsterdam and Hamburg. Add the stable political setting, the attractive land prices, no danger of flooding and good quality of employees nearby and it is obvious why Eemshaven is the place to be to settle a data center.
GREEN DATAPORT EEMSHAVEN
Green Dataport Eemshaven is the area to the southeast of Eemshaven. The site borders the Energy park and is approximately 447 acres in size. In September 2014 Google started building a huge data center, which will be nished in 2016. A total of 269 acres is still available for locating other data centers. Green Dataport Eemshaven is on the N33 and has a direct link with a number of energy suppliers. The site also has fiber-optic connections, which are offered by a number of different players. A number of regional and national switching stations are also situated nearby.
ABUNDANCE OF (WIND)ENERGY
The data center market is characterised by a demand for extremely reliable power supplies. Many energy producers have already established themselves in the Eemshaven or are in the process of doing so, which enables Eemshaven to meet this demand and present itself as a highly attractive location for data centers. The region has good infrastructure for gaining electricity from the power stations in the area. These power stations provide a high level of reliability for power supplies in general, but there is always a back-up available if one of them fails. There are several connection possibilities of grid operators.
HARDLY ANY LOCATION RISKS
The main risks for data center locations are, in rank order, flooding, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, cyberattacks and fiber-optic cable breakage. The sites of Groningen Seaports are at approximately 5 metres above the Amsterdam Ordnance Datum (NAP) or they are constructed in accordance with that standard. That makes the ooding risk of the Groningen Seaports’ sites 1 in 4000, whicht means the chance of a flood in Green Dataport Eemshaven is virtually nil. Occasionally, smaller earthquakes take place in Groningen region. The chance of tornados and tsunamis in this region is equally non-existent.
ROBERT VAN TUINEN
business manager energy- & dataport
Phone: +31 (0)62 224 3300
IDEAL LOCATION FOR DATA CENTERS
- 269 acres greenfield available
- Abundance of (wind) energy
- Attractive land prices
- Presence of fiber-optic cables
- Stable political setting