Bulk Infrastructure breaks ground for Denmark data centre

19 March 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Bulk Infrastructure has broken ground for its new scalable carrier neutral colocation data centre in Esbjerg, Denmark.

[Picture caption: Jesper Frost Rasmussen, Peder Nærbø and Karsten Rieder]

Present during the ground-breaking ceremony was Jesper Frost Rasmussen, Mayor of Esbjerg Kommune, Peder Nærbø, founder and chairman of Bulk Infrastructure and Karsten Rieder, commercial manager at Business Esbjerg.

“We are excited about expanding our presence in Denmark from subsea fiber cables to now include a scalable carrier-neutral colocation data centre,” said Peder Nærbø, chairman of the board and owner of the Norwegian company, Bulk Infrastructure AS. “With multiple cable landings planned or already in place, and the landing of our new HAVFRUE trans-Atlantic cable system, this will bring both convergence of networks and associated capacity to Esbjerg, together with creating a natural gateway into Bulk´s vast Nordic sustainable and cost-efficient digital infrastructure.”

The company purchased the new 4.5-hectare site in November of 2018 and has a tentative completion date set for October 2019.

Our strategy of attracting this type of data centre has been successful,” added Rieder. “This may well be the beginning of a new cluster, which will make Esbjerg Northern Europe's most important digital hub. There is no doubt that when a market leader such as Bulk chooses Esbjerg, it will lead to even more inquiries from companies that invest in digital infrastructure.”

The new site in Esbjerg will now be home to up to 18MW scalable carrier neutral colocation facility, a location which the company believes will play a key role in providing onward connectivity to the data centre’s deployment within the country and the Nordics more broadly. In addition, Bulk says that Esbjerg’s strategic position on the west coast of Denmark is well placed for it to act as a major gateway for Northern Europe and the Nordics.

“This location forms the perfect place for us to enable this neutral traffic exchange point in Denmark. We look forward to establishing good relations in the Danish market as well as the international market who wants a central location within the EU,” added Nærbø.

This is the first data centre that Bulk is building outside of its native Norway and according to Nærbø, Denmark was the ideal place will favourable build conditions.

“Our goal is to become a digital hub and the arrival of the HAVFRUE cable makes it possible,” said Mayor Rasmussen. “Today's ceremony marks the beginning of a new business adventure in Esbjerg. Bulk Infrastructure has chosen a location in one of Esbjerg's industrial areas, Kjersing; the entire area is very suitable for data centres. The collaboration with Bulk Infrastructure has been intense and very constructive, and we are well equipped to service this type of company.”