The site in Bissen where Google is said to be interested in building a date centre
Photo: Matic Zorman
American firm Google has for the first time communicated publicly about its plans for a proposed data centre in Bissen, Luxembourg.
What has been a discussion with authorities for the past two years appears to be taking shape as a concrete project after the internet giant announced plans for an information session for Luxembourg journalists on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Google data centre development manager Fabien Vieau gave a sneak peek at what is to come. In a TV interview for RTL, he spoke of an investment of “two times €600m”, for the construction of two 30,000m2 data centres on two levels.
The project has raised concerns about its environmental impact, particularly from the from the not for profit Mouvement Ecologique. It is concerned that the cooling facilities could drain water reserves normally used by the population.
Google has outlined that the Alzette flow will be impacted by 1% after the first phase and 2% after the second. According to our colleagues at Paperjam, this rate of impact is well below the problem threshold set by European standards.