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Google buys more land from the city of Hamina

The tech giant has not decided yet how it will use the land.

The Google data centre in is located in the old paper mill in Hamina. Image: Antro Valo / Yle

Internet giant Google is buying 50 acres of more land from the city of Hamina next to its current data centre for 4.3 million euros.

Hannu Muhonen, Hamina's mayor, said he was pleased that Google decided to continue investing in Hamina, as the firm is a major employer in the city.

"We have had an excellent partnership with Google for over a decade. This opportunity for Google to expand its operations is very important locally to Hamina, but it is also important at the regional and national level," Muhonen stated in a press release.

Google has not yet decided how it will use the new land. Lauri Ikonen, Operations Manager of the data centre, said Google has the opportunity to expand its operations in Hamina with the new area.

"At the moment, however, it is too early to say how enlargement will take place," Ikonen said.

Google employs roughly 400 people directly and indirectly in various industries in Hamina.

In 2020, Google opened its sixth data centre in Hamina in an old paper mill that was formerly operated by Stora Enso. The data centre uses seawater to cool the massive complex and is powered by electricity from three new wind farms.

Earlier this year, Russian search engine Yandex found its sole data centre in the West cut off from the grid as power companies refused to supply electricity.

Correction 23.6: 50 hectares, not acres