Apple to invest €1.7 billion in two new European data centres

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Sites in Ireland and Denmark will measure 166,000 square metres each and create “hundreds” of jobs, opening in 2017 and representing the firm’s biggest project in Europe to date  

Apple has revealed a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centres in Europe, located in County Galway in Ireland and Jutland in Denmark.

The sites, which will each measure 166,000 square metres, will open in 2017 and will power the company’s online services including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across the continent. Apple said the openings will create “hundreds” of jobs.

Apple said it supports nearly 672,000 European jobs, including 530,000 directly related to the development of iOS apps. Since the launch of the App Store in 2008, European developers have earned more than €6.6 billion through global sales of apps and in-app purchases.

It directly employs 18,300 people across 19 European countries and has added more than 2,000 jobs in the past 12 months. Last year, it spent more than €7.8 billion with european companies and suppliers helping build Apple products and support operations globally.

Like all Apple data centres, the new sites will run on entirely clean, renewable energy sources and will also work with local partners to develop additional renewable energy projects from wind or other sources to provide power in the future. It means the facilities will have the lowest economic impact yet on one of the company’s data centres.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (pictured) said this new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date, with the operations introducing “some of our most advanced green building designs yet.”

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