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Facebook to construct new Arctic base

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By John Glenday, Reporter

October 27, 2011 | 1 min read

Social media giant Facebook is to construct a ‘mini town’ on the edge of the Arctic circle to house its computer servers.

Located in Luleå, northern Sweden, it will be the first server farm operated by the firm outside of the US

It has been lured to the remote locale by the particularly frigid conditions on offer, the average temperature sits at a chilly 2C, explained Mats Engman, chief executive of the Aurorum Science Park, who said: “The climate will allow them to just use only air for cooling the servers.

“The Luleå river produces twice as much electricity as the Hoover Dam does, so 50 per cent is exported from our region. There is a surplus of energy, and we can supply more data centres in this area easily.”

Despite not requiring air conditioning the facility will still require around 120MW of power a year, enough to power a town of 50,000 people.

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