St. Ghislain, Belgium
Google is proud to call Belgium home to one of our data centers.
In 2007, we announced that we would invest €250 million in building an energy-efficient data center near the towns of St. Ghislain and Mons, in Belgium.
The facility, which became fully operational in 2010, was the first Google data center worldwide to run entirely without refrigeration, using instead an advanced evaporative cooling system that draws grey water from a nearby industrial canal. This helps keep our computers running at their highest efficiency and reduces overall energy use.
In 2013, we announced an additional investment of €300 million to build a second phase of our energy-efficient data center and meet growing European and global demand for our services. This expansion was completed in 2015.
In February 2018, two exciting developments occurred with news of a €250 million data center expansion and the unveiling of a new solar plant on the data center site following a €3 million investment. In June 2019, we announced a further investment of €600 million to build a fourth data center on the campus.
This brings Google’s total data center investment in St. Ghislain to €1.6 billion.
We’re proud to call St. Ghislain home and honored to be part of the local community.
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Google hires the most qualified individuals from around the world. We make it a priority to hire from the local community whenever possible because it‘s good for business and the right thing to do.
We also seek to contract with local vendors whenever possible. If you are a vendor or are interested in providing a service to Google, please provide additional information through our supplier interest form.Find available positions at our data center
In the communityAt Google, we’re committed to playing a positive role in every community in which we operate around the world. Through grant-making and local initiatives that utilize our tools and expertise, we’re working to help businesses, educational institutions, community collaboratives, nonprofits, and individuals create and thrive in a sustainable, knowledge-based economy.
To fulfill our goal of hiring locally, we’re working with local schools, colleges, and universities to help them develop and enhance their technology programs. In doing so, we hope to help grow the members of the community who are just entering the workforce, retraining, or progressing in their career paths. We want to help invigorate participation and opportunity in technology, increase knowledge in the community, and benefit potential employers in the area.
An example is our partnership with the HELHa in developing an advanced degree Data Center Engineering Program intended for people with a technical bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience. The training is focused on the maintenance of data centers.
Partnerships and eventsWe are always on the lookout for opportunities for Googlers to share their time and expertise with the local community. Because as Google grows, our communities grow. But don’t just take our word for it. See and hear the stories of our St. Ghislain community members here.
Google community grants range from €10,000 to €50,000 and are intended for nonprofit and certain public organizations. We will not fund for-profit companies through this program. When evaluating proposals, we consider impact on the data center community and surrounding areas, measurable impact of the resources on achieving the mission, collaboration with other organizations and the ability to leverage other resources in the community, and the integration of Google in-kind or volunteer resources to maximize the impact.
Learn more about our Data Center Community Grants program, eligibility criteria, and how to apply.