Russia’s largest ever data centre will cost $1bn and be rigged up to a nuclear power station.
Kalinin power station – 120 miles from Moscow – will provide the 80 megawatts needed to power the data centre’s 10,000 server racks.
The plant’s owner, Rosenergoatom, is likely hoping to take advantage of a new law in Russia which states that data on citizens must be held on the country’s soil, and not abroad.
According to Telecom Daily, more than 10% of the data centre capacity has been reserved for the state-owned company, while the rest will be available to commercial customers.
Rosenergoatom has offered space to the likes of Facebook and Google.
The company operates 10 nuclear power plants with 33 reactors, and plans to increase the number of reactors to 59 by 2030.
Rosenergoatom reportedly had to negotiate changes to the rules on power prices to allow it to offer preferential electricity rates on site.
Back in September, Russia implemented a new law which means companies must store data about Russian citizens on Russian territory.
The move threw thousands of international firms with online operations into a legal grey area.
The first stage of construction will take place in March 2017, with a second phase commencing in the spring of 2018.