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Construction reportedly abandoned on Apple's Danish data center site

View of the empty construction site. Photo by Morten Dueholm

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Work on the site, part of Apple's $1.8 billion investment in European data centers, is said to have been stopped because of issues with main contractor Exyte, seeing craftspeople sent home and not told when to return.

Danish newspaper Viborg Stifts Folkeblad says that construction work on Apple's Viborg data center site has been abandoned and craftspeople sent home. The paper reports that it has unconfirmed sources saying that Apple has terminated its agreement with the building's main contractor, the Irish firm Exyte.

"Several hundred craftsmen were sent home with the message that they were to take their tools with them," says the paper (in translation), which has separately confirmed that "there is no life" at the site, no workers or staff.

"It is stated that the Irish main contractor has not been able to deliver the construction to the agreed deadlines," wrote the publication. "The first deadline was last September... the second deadline [was] April this year."

Apple has not yet responded to requests for information from Viborg Stifts Folkeblad. Exyte has responded, but only to say that it can't comment.

The work on a data center site in Viborg, in Denmark's Jutland region, is part of a project that was seeing Apple invest $1.8 billion in Europe. This claimed delay on the Viborg one follows Apple's abandonment of a similar facility that had been planned to be built near Athenry in Ireland. Apple withdrew from that plan because of local opposition, but it did so before any actual construction had begun.

An example of a completed data center. This is Apple's one in Maiden, North Carolina
An example of a completed data center. This is Apple's one in Maiden, North Carolina

Both the Ireland and Denmark plans were originally announced in February 2015. Each was planned to measure some 166,000 square meters, each was to be powered by renewable energy, and Apple said they were to serve content to European users for the iTunes Store, App Store, Siri and more.