ABB, power and automation technology group has bagged $11-million order from Facebook's subsidiary Pinnacle Sweden, to power its first server facility outside the US. The company will build two high- and medium-voltage air- and gas-insulated switchgear substations that will supply power to a data centre being built in Lulea, a coastal town in northern Sweden.
Facebook's data centre’s construction will be carried out in three phases. The facility will consist of three server buildings with a total area of 84,000 sq.mt. In December next year, the first building is scheduled to become operational and it will also install substation automation systems.
Server buildings will be located near the Arctic Circle, Lulea's cold climate, which will be well suited for the natural cooling of the building. That apart, a stable supply of clean energy from renewable sources as well as reliable communications and electricity networks, has made Facebook to choose Lulea to set up its data centre.