Apple to Spend $1.9 Billion on New European Data Centres

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Apple to Spend $1.9 Billion on New European Data Centres
Apple Inc said it would spend 1.7 billion euros ($1.9 billion, roughly Rs. 11,816 crores) to build two data centres in Europe that would be entirely powered by renewable energy and create hundreds of jobs.

The company said the centres, in Ireland and Denmark, will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

The investment is set to be evenly divided between the two countries, with the Irish government confirming that  EUR 850 million would be spent in Ireland. The two data centres are expected to begin operations in 2017.

"This significant new investment represents Apple's biggest project in Europe to date," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

"We're thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet," he added.

The data centre in Ireland will be located in Athenry, close to Galway on the west coast while in Denmark, it will be in Viborg, western Denmark.

In a sign of how important Apple's investment in Denmark was, the country's trade and development minister issued a statement mirroring that of the iPhone maker's, adding the two data centres would be among the largest in the world.

Ireland's government also reacted to the announcement, saying 300 jobs would be added in the county of Galway during the multiple phases of the project, a boost as it seeks to cut the unemployment rate below 10 percent this year.

"As the Government works to secure recovery and see it spread to every part of the country, today's announcement is another extremely positive step in the right direction," Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said in a statement.

© Thomson Reuters 2015

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