Green Mountain has submitted a building application for the first construction phase of a planned data centre campus to be located in Kalberg, Norway.
The company said in a statement that the expansion follows a request from one of its international clients, which wants to establish itself near the Fagrafjell transformer station.
The first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed by January 2025, with the final phase to follow in 2027. However, this schedule is dependent on Green Mountain being granted the building permit for the first building in the project.
Once fully built out, the campus would consist of up to eight data halls, with an investment of more than NOK 50 billion.
Green Mountain CEO, Svein Atle Hagaseth, said, “This project will create substantial positive ripple effects in terms of value creation, new jobs, competence development and more. Our ambition is to build this facility with the lowest possible environmental footprint and to the highest standards of sustainability. All in line with our company vision.”
Green Mountain said it will also prepare the infrastructure for waste heat created by the facility to be used by other companies, with Hagaseth adding, “We are in close dialogue with several companies on potential heat reuse projects. Food production in greenhouses, land-based fish farming, district heating and drying facilities are all among the options we explore.”
The application process is expected to be completed by the end of November, which would allow construction to begin immediately afterwards.
The Mayor of Time municipality, Andreas Vollsund, said, “Given that the majority in the municipal council is in favor of the project, this will contribute significantly in our efforts to build new green industry in the region.
“Some people have raised their concerns about the number of jobs created by data centres. With Green Mountain’s plans, this establishment will undoubtedly become the largest workplace in Time municipality in the coming years.”