Facebook’s Ninth Data Center Will Be Built in Papillion, Neb.

The facility could be up and running as early as 2020

Facebook announced the location for data center No. 9: Papillion, Neb.

The facility in Nebraska will join eight other Facebook data centers that are currently operational or under construction— Los Lunas, N.M.; Fort Worth, Texas; Altoona, Iowa; Prineville, Ore.; and Forest City, N.C., in the U.S., and Odense, Denmark; Clonee, Ireland; and Luleå, Sweden, in Europe.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new data center in a Facebook post:

We just announced that we’re building our ninth data center in Papillion, Neb. It will be powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy and will create thousands of jobs in the community over the next few years.

To grow the market for the clean energy we need, we worked with the Omaha Public Power District to create a new renewable energy tariff (facebook.com/green) that will now be available to all companies.

Advanced data centers like this are basically giant machines that make up the technical infrastructure for our community. It takes a lot of computing power to support our community, so we’re going to keep building new data centers around the world.

Hailey Konnath of the Omaha World-Herald attended a press conference at Papillion City Hall to announce the project, and she reported that Facebook’s data center will occupy 146 acres north of Capehart Road at Nebraska Highway 50 in Sarpy County, adding that the facility will feature four buildings east and west of the highway with a total of 970,000 square feet.

Konnath added that the data center could be online as early as 2020, and Facebook expects more than 1,000 local jobs to be created during its construction, as well as more than 100 once the facility is up and running.

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.