Scandinavian paper and packaging producer Stora Enso (www.storaenso.com) has finalised an agreement with Google (www.google.com), giving the Internet search and online services provider a number of buildings and most of the Summa Mill site in Finland, where it will house a new data center.
According to Stora Enso's announcement this week, Google bought the property for approximately 40 million euros (roughly $50.2 million). The deal was originally announced in mid February and is expected to improve Google's operating profit by approximately 38 million euros. Paper production at Summa Mill ended in January 2008.
According to a Data Center Knowledge report, Google expects to invest some 200 million Euros, roughly $252 million, into the project, and that the facility should be operational by the end of 2010.
Not all of the mill site, however, will be taken up by servers. Stora Enso and Google have agreed that part of the mill site will be transferred to the southern Sweden city of Hamina, where it is located. It will be used for public purposes not yet revealed, but could include economic development initiatives, industrial park expansion, use as a public park or as a recreational area.
"This transaction, as well as the prospect of Google's transforming this former mill into a technology centre, represents an important milestone for Hamina and the rest of Southeastern Finland," Stora Enso chief financial officer Markus Rauramo said in a statement. "Stora Enso hopes that Google's interest in this region encourages other companies to favorably consider its strong attributes and highly capable people."
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