Meta, the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, wants to build a data center in Zeewolde (Flevoland).

The company confirmed this in a press release on Wednesday.

The construction of the data center, which will cover more than 1 million square meters, has been discussed since 2019.

Rumors had been circulating for some time that Meta would be the party behind the data center.

Neither the American company nor the municipality of Zeewolde wanted to confirm this earlier.

Meta now writes that the data center in Zeewolde must be realized so that it can be put into use if "for our business operations it is necessary to expand our infrastructure".

At the moment, the company is still in the licensing and approval process.

On November 18, the Municipal Executive approved the plans for the construction of the data center.

The plans are now being submitted to the Zeewolde city council.

According to

Omroep Flevoland

, it will make a decision on December 16.

Meta not the only company with a data center in the Netherlands

Meta is not the only American company that wants to open a data center in the Netherlands.

Google and Microsoft have built comparable centers in our country.

The construction of data centers often does not go without resistance.

Opponents point to the centers' high power and cooling water consumption.

In addition, the large commercial buildings have an impact on the landscapes where they are built.