Third facility to employ up to 1,200 people and be put into work by mid-2019.

Google has unveiled plans to build a third data centre in Belgium for a total capital expenditure of €253m.

The building is being erected at the company’s Saint-Ghislain hub in the Hainaut province.

According to local reports, construction work could employ up to 1,200 people and the facility is expected to start powering Google services from mid-2019.

The announcement was made by the company in the presence of Prime Minister Charles Michel and Minister of Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo.

The new data centre development also includes the installation of a new solar panel system and a third building for other uses.

The new investment brings Google’s investment in the Saint-Ghislain campus to €803m, after an initial investment of €250m in 2007 and second investment of €300m in 2013.

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