* Stora sells old paper plant to Google
* Google says plans to open data centre at site
(Releads, adds Google comments)
By Tarmo Virki
HELSINKI, Feb 12 Google (GOOG.O) said on
Thursday it aimed to build a data centre at an old paper mill in
southeastern Finland that it bought from Stora Enso (STERV.HE)
for 40 million euros ($51.7 million).
"We are currently considering to build a data centre at this
site," said Google spokesman Kay Oberbeck.
Google has dozens of data centres, or server farms, which
consume significant amounts of energy, around the world.
In early 2008 Stora Enso closed down the loss-making Summa
mill, which consumed 1,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per
year, after nearly 53 years in operation.
The oldest parts of the mill were designed by renowned
Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
Stora Enso and Google have agreed that part of the mill site
will be transferred to the city of Hamina for other industrial
uses. The sale is expected to close by the end of the first
(Additional reporting by John Acher, editing by Will Waterman)