Meta Data Center in Talavera de la Reina will be a 1,000 million dollars investment

March 31, 2023 by
Frank Calviño

Meta has confirmed that it will continue with the project to create a data center in Talavera de la Reina, Spain, despite the numerous layoffs in the company. 

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This Thursday, the Municipal Plenary of Talavera de la Reina has supported the project through an institutional declaration that states its "loyalty to the project of implementing a Campus Data Center in Talavera and our commitment and willingness to collaborate to make it a reality that will undoubtedly enhance the progress and growth of our city and region."

The project is called Project of Singular Interest (Proyecto de Singular Interés in Spanish). It aims to develop a Data Center within an area of 191 hectares (with a buildable area of 300,000 square meters in six buildings) located in the Torrehierro Phase 2 area in Talavera de la Reina (Castilla-La Mancha). Meta plans to invest 1,000 million euros in the project.

The manifesto of the municipal plenary also states that "since the City Council learned that the technology company Meta had set its eyes on our city to develop a project to implement a Campus Data Center, the municipal Corporation showed its unanimous support for it, since it would be an important economic and social revulsive for the city and its surroundings."

The fourth massive European Meta Data Center

The Meta Campus Data Center in Talavera de la Reina will host Meta's information technology operations and equipment used for digital production, processing, and storage of data to service its applications. This will be the company's fourth data center in Europe; the others are in Sweden, Denmark, and Ireland.

Although they have now begun to plan the project, it will not be until June 2023 when the timetable dates will be known. At the moment, it is estimated that the project will begin at the end of 2023 and will last six to seven years, culminating in approximately 2030, although the first buildings will start operating in 2025.

In the middle of the storm

Meta is currently undergoing a second round of layoffs. The parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram is currently going through difficult times after announcing the dismissal of about 21,000 employees. The first announcement on the subject was made at the end of 2022, and has recently communicated that 10,000 more layoffs would be added to the latest announcements.

In the letter written by Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on March 14, employees were told that the company would initiate a restructuring plan where they would focus on "flattening our organizations, canceling lower priority projects and reducing our hiring rates."

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