Facebook: Meta Puts The Zeewolde Data Center Development on Hold Due To Political Opposition

Mar 31, 2022 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Meta has finally announced that it is pausing its plans for a mega data center in the Netherlands. The company said it would not be going forward with its plans for the facility in Zeewolde until further notice. Facebook gained approval for the facility from the Zeewolde council. However, it faced a lot of opposition from the country's politicians. A major bone of contention with Facebook was that part of the land it wanted to use to develop the data center belonged to the government.

If Facebook had succeeded in developing the facility, it would have been the largest in the country and one of the largest on the European continent. The company planned to develop a 200MW data center spanning five halls. A statement released by Meta said it believed in being amazing neighbors, which is why it had always maintained that a good relationship between the project and the community is important. Meta added that the current situation has made it impossible to continue with the project, so it is suspending it.

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