Global Construction Review: World’s largest data centre to be built in Arctic Circle

By Joe Quirke

Described as “a fortress for data”, the world’s largest data centre is planned to be built within the Arctic Circle in Ballangen, a municipality in Norway.

As well as boasting about its security and size, the developer claims the four-storey facility will be fully powered by sustainable energy from hydro and wind power.

The 600,000 sq m facility will eventually need more than 1,000MW, although at first it will consume just 70MW.

Developed by US-Norwegian firm Kolos, the scheme will operate at a 60% reduction in energy costs, making it the “most competitive in the world”.

Northern Norway’s cold climate and proximity to water will provide natural cooling for its servers.

The site is surrounded by water and hills, providing a natural moat to protect against any physical risks.

The project is described by Kolos as “a fortress for data”.

Kolos has recently secured its first round of funding and is in talks with an unnamed US bank for the remaining capital.

The project has the support of five local mayors and will directly create 2,000 to 3,000 new jobs and support 10,000 to 15,000 jobs.

Mark Robinson, Kolos’ co-chief executive told the BBC: “It’s quite literally the lowest power cost in Europe – and 100% of the power is renewable on one of the most stable grids in the world.”