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atNorth announces third Icelandic data centre

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atNorth’s new data centre campus will be located in Akureyri, in the northern region of Iceland.

The Akureyri Town Planning Council granted permission for the one-hectare plot of land under terms intended for purely environmentally friendly business. As such, the new data centre’s construction will follow atNorth’s sustainability goals, designed to operate with the lowest possible carbon footprint, utilising 100% renewable energy. atNorth is also looking into heat recovery options with local companies to enable heating and cooling outputs to be reused in a sustainable way.

The new facility will span 4,000 sqm across six data halls and offer 12 MW of capacity, with surrounding area available for potential expansion.

The site will be atNorth’s third campus in Iceland, following the recent opening of its data centre in Stockholm, Sweden.

“Today’s data-driven businesses require a new type of data centre. We are the first colocation player in the Nordics to build facilities fully equipped for high-capacity services from the start,” said Eyjólfur Magnús, atNorth CEO.

​“The choice of Akureyri is strategic; it is already a thriving high-tech hub with many technology companies in the area and the new center will offer many job opportunities to an already excellent and talented workforce. In addition, Iceland’s colder climate and geothermal energy source allows businesses to tap into an infrastructure with renewable energy, great connectivity and cost efficiencies, which will allow us to deliver our services with high precision to customers both in and outside the Nordic region. We are very pleased to be expanding and building out our new site in Akureyri.”

Ásthildur Sturludóttir, the Mayor of Akureyri, added, “We welcome the development of this site in Akureyri. The project complements recent infrastructure projects in the Northeast of the country, that will ensure safe and secure transfer of electricity to the area. Increasing the access to electricity as well as the security in the transfer to the Northeast makes this type of development possible.”

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