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Google’s plans for the Luxembourg Center may be suspicious

Google’s plans for the Luxembourg Center may be suspicious

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Despite the tech giant’s legal victory over campaigners, the Data Hub’s original proposal may be revised, the Minister of Economy said.

Despite the tech giant’s legal victory over campaigners, the Data Hub’s original proposal may be revised, the Minister of Economy said.

Google officials are discussing their plans for a data center in Bissan at a town meeting in November 2019.

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Emery P. Daratio and Janic Hansen

The Luxembourg government continues to support U.S. high-tech giant Google’s plans to build a large data center in the country, but Wednesday’s economic minister said Wednesday that the company has the same goals after a long court battle. I asked him if he was there.

Economic Minister Franz Fayacht isn’t surprised if Google changes its original plans, given that environmental groups’ legal struggle with the data center lasted for three years until the end of March. Stated.

But talks with Fayacht with Google do not indicate that the company has given up on Luxembourg, he said.

“You wouldn’t be surprised” if the project “looks different” than when Google first proposed the plan a few years ago, the Minister of Economy said. Google may (maybe) modify the strategic importance and direction of the project in Luxembourg, “Fayot added.

Since 2007, Google has built five data centers in the neighboring Wallonia region of Belgium and has invested more than € 1.6 billion. According to local media, the company’s active expansion across Europe in 2021 included more than 50 hectares of purchases that could be used for further growth in Wallonia.

Google did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Environmental Campaign Group, Mouvementé cologique, Last summer, they lost a court challenge to slow down or shut down a huge warehouse of computer servers, which they claim could require 8% to 10% of the country’s limited water supply. I did.

Google refused to disclose the exact requirements for cooling the server and claimed it in court. Allowing rivals to understand important details of business planning..

However, the judge allowed the environmental group to dispute whether the permit that Google allowed to build on Bissen’s land complies with national law on nature maintenance. Campaign participants lost the challenge of reclassifying land two months ago. Mouvementé cologique President Blanche Weber Luxembourg Times..

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