The Nordics and The Node Pole are now hotter than ever before, since 2011 a total of 8 datacenters with a combined capacity of 175MW have been built and initiated in our region. In the last year there has been a high focus on Arctic cooling, Green power and low energy costs in business discussions, at the big conferences, from industry media and analysts. The Node Pole is hosting meetings on a weekly basis from companies looking to invest in the region in different ways.
Active business cases, launch and more fibre
Currently, The Node Pole are working on several active business cases, whilst looking forward to the launch of Hydro66 100% Hydroelectric Powered Colocation Datacenter and following the progress of the new fibre investment Skanova Backbone North which will increase the capacity on the redundant fibre routes by 5-8 times.
Luleå University of Technology, in cooperation with SICS, Swedish ICT, start the first phase of a national large-scale data center facility for testing and experimentation of cloud and big data technology.
The data-center is being built at the university campus in Luleå in the fall of 2015. The municipality, county government and county councils are involved in supporting the initiative.
Now is the start of the first phase of construction of the national large-scale data center for research and innovation in big data and cloud area. The plant is called SICS ICE (Infrastructure and cloud data centers Test Environment) and built in Luleå in fall 2015.
- A number of datacenters, including Facebook, are in the region and there is great potential for even more, says Vice-Chancellor Johan Sterte, Luleå University of Technology. This requires greater expertise, research and technology development. The start of a data center facility in connection with Luleå University of Technology is a major and important step to achieve this.
It is easy to present the unique advantages of the county Norrbotten in terms of business opportunities in general terms, to attracting the interest of international investors / establishers. The difficulty arises when it comes to concretely present the specifically selected business opportunity / company enough to attract the international investor / establisher.
An investor / establishers get many other international deals and therefore need to know why this very specifically selected business opportunity / company is attractive, niche and with special advantages and specifications that make it unique even in an international competition. That ”our” business opportunity / business meet the needs of the international investor / establisher. To think outside-in, the think of needs-driven. To be aware that it is the investor / establisher who decides what is unique and demanded. That is the challenge.
It´s also required to describe why exactly the place where the business opportunity / company now is situated is the right place to make an investment / establishment on. This is also a challenge.
All this was presented and discussed the 6th of May in a day filled with learning about doing international businesses.
The first data from SGUs drillcore scanning project can now be ordered. This gives access to entirely new and unique data for exploration, research and geological documentation. The data can be used by exploration companies as well as researchers and will contribute to a sustainable use of Sweden’s mineral resources. The results will be published trough the SGU map viewer “Drill Cores” and data can be ordered from the customer service.
“How to take the business area Testing to the next level”
What started on a small scale in the 1970s, with winter testing for the automotive industry, has today evolved into a billion dollar industry in the region. Invest in Norrbotten, together with Business Sweden and the municipalities of Arjeplog, Arvidsjaur and Älvsbyn, invited to a full day to sharpen business area Testing, thereby generating even more international business.
How can we nurture and develop the unique expertise and infrastructure built up in the county surrounding business area Testing? What economic effects have test operations in Norrbotten? How can test activities developed in various industries, skills, infrastructure, coordination? What are the challenges? And perhaps most interesting: what investment opportunities can Norrbotten offer in the business area Testing?
Jörgen Eriksson, Invest in Norrbotten, described the purpose of the day: to demonstrate the wide excellence that already exist in the region with a number of different business areas in Testing – automotive and components, train, metallurgy, wind, air, IT etc, which individually, and collectively, can provide great opportunities for more international business in the region.
The aim has been and is:
- That the day can become a breeding ground for creating a ”testing strategy”
- To find the appropriate principal who can collect the ”test region”
- To launch an operational organization
- To create a brand for the region as a “The big test site”
Hello from The Node Pole!
Here’s a quick summary on what is happening in the Data Center market in The Node Pole. In February 2014 KnC Miner invested and refitted a brownfield facility for 10MW. One month later Facebook announced that they start construction on their second facility in The Node Pole. In May Hydro66 and Megamine.com announced their brownfield investment and are now continuing with a follow-up investment with a new greenfield build. A few days ago KnC Miner also announced their second build.
Global Bitcoin mining equipment company KnC Miner announced in a press release that they will grow their business with a 20 MW datacenter in Boden, in The Node Pole region near the Arctic Circle in Sweden.
The investment – called Boden 2 – bring their site to a total of 30 MW and 15 000 square meters. The new datacenter will be operational by the end of 2014 and will be used for cloud services and for hosting of specialized Bitcoin mining hardware to a global client-base.
The feasibility study shows green light for continued realisation of train testing facility in northern Sweden
THE FEASIBILITY STUDY HAS SHOWN THAT:
- There is a general need of more test tracks for rail bound traffic in Europe. In addition, there is a need for dynamic tests in winter climate, and also a need to test trains in high
speeds ranging from 250 to 320 km/h.
- There is a European demand of better knowledge, test methods and standards for winter climate.
- The rail track between Jörn and Arvidsjaur in northern Sweden is well suited to meet the needs of the market and to become an international, competitive testing facility for all kinds of train related testing.
- An upgrade of the rail track cannot be compared with the construction of a new railway. A first estimation shows that a funding of 1000 MSEK is required.
- A rough socioeconomic analysis shows that the investment is profitable for the Swedish society.
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Work is now starting on the feasibility of a complete international train testing facility to be built along the 75 km long cross-country track between Jörn and Arvidsjaur in northern Sweden. The idea is the brainchild of Lars-Åke Tjernström, owner of McLead AB.
”In this case there were a number of impressions that caused the penny to drop. The first was the sorry sight of the dilapidated cross-country track. The second was of the headlines about derailments and weather-related disruptions to rail traffic. The third was the interest generated by the successful automotive test industry presence.
Delays to rail traffic cost society hundreds of millions of Swedish crowns annually. One of the reasons being that the trains have not been tested prior to use in the harsh Nordic weather conditions. Another is that the rail industry lacks a common quality assurance and certification system.
More small-scale tracks for train testing are currently available in, amongst other locations, the Czech Republic, where durability testing is conducted along a short circular track, and comfort testing in a wind tunnel near Vienna in Austria.
”We have perfect climatic and geographical conditions. An unused sector of track such as that between Jörn and Arvidsjaur is hard to find anywhere else, and with its topography the test track will be unique in Europe, with among other features, a straight track of 32 km”, explains Lars-Åke.
Lorents Burman, City Councillor in Skellefteå, looks positively on the opportunities:
”There are a few questions to iron out, but this is a commercial project with a huge potential”.
The test track, if it is to be built, will involve many new jobs and the scope in annual man-hours can be compared to the automotive testing industry that has already become established in the region.
The Principal for the pre-study is JUC Västerbotten. Some of the matters being investigated are market conditions, test technology requirements as well as expertise and investment needs. The work will involve regional cutting-edge expertise within several areas, among these being rail technology and certification methodology.
The project is a collaboration involving two municipal councils, two administrative counties, the local commerce interests and the State represented by the Swedish Transport Administration.
For further information
Lars-Åke Tjernström +46 70 651 94 06
”We need more construction companies, more entrepreneurs and more people who want to join us on this exciting journey. Everyone is welcome to the orefields communities; here, there are jobs and confidence in the future.”
”Finally, we’re under way. A good agreement is in place and, as early as this summer, we can begin building our new urban centre. Now, we can build a Kiruna that is better organized, more efficient and more sustainable,” says Kiruna’s municipal executive board chair Kristina Zakrisson (S).
”The agreement between LKAB and the Municipality of Kiruna secures future mine operation and jobs, and it lays the foundation for a successful future for both LKAB and Kiruna,” says Stefan Hämäläinen, LKAB’s spokesperson for urban transformation.
The current agreement between the Municipality of Kiruna and LKAB sets the terms for funding of infrastructure including streets, roads and water and sewage systems which are currently located within the area designated for development as a ‘Mine City Park’ and must now be built in the new urban centre. The Municipality will receive funding for schools, rescue services facilities, a library, bus station and public spaces within the so-called GP2 area, as well as several buildings outside the area, such as Folkets Hus and the indoor pool. Municipal housing company Kirunabostäder will also receive payments for commercial premises. The Municipality will also be reimbursed for initial construction work on the new town square.
Total payments amount to 3.74 billion Swedish kronor, whereof 350 million kronor will be reserved for unforeseen expenditures. LKAB makes annual provisions for managing long-term commitments associated with the urban transformation. To date, LKAB has reserved nearly 8 billion kronor for Kiruna and Malmberget.
The agreement marks the next phase of the urban transformation, which is a consequence of the expansion of mining operations. During the autumn, negotiations with property owners concerning housing and commercial premises will continue.
”All local residents will benefit when we can build more energy-efficiently and acquire modern new premises that are designed to meet our needs. This will reduce operating costs, and the money can instead be used to improve the quality of education and care,” explains municipal executive board vice-chairman Niklas Sirén (V).
”We’re building a new town for those who live here. We will build a close-knit, vital town centre with shops, restaurants and services; a centre of the sort that residents requested when we conducted our vision survey for the future Kiruna,” says municipal executive board deputy vice-chair Ragnhild Nilsson (Samelistan).
Sustainable mining in Sweden is a valuable contribution to global wealth creation, but the mines also create jobs and foster societal development and confidence in the future locally. Not least in the orefields communities. We now have Sweden’s lowest unemployment rate, highest average income, fastest-growing small businesses and huge demand for new housing.
However, meeting the challenge of urban transformation successfully and responsibly will require the participation of a greater number of people. We need more construction companies, more entrepreneurs and more people who want to join us on this exciting journey. Everyone is welcome to the orefields communities; here, there are jobs and confidence in the future.
Background to the urban transformation
• In 2013 LKAB opened a new main level in the Kiruna mine at 1,365 metres below zeroing level. Expenditures amounting to more than 12 billion kronor constitute the largest industrial investment in Sweden in modern times. The new main level secures mining operations until 2030-2035, depending on the rate of production, but it also means that much of present-day central Kiruna must be relocated.
• In 2004 Kiruna’s municipal council adopted a decision in principle for relocation of central Kiruna. The decision attracted great interest both nationally and internationally. Delegations from around the world are visiting Kiruna to learn more about this world-unique project. New towns have been built in many places, but few towns have been relocated.
• Many local residents have participated actively in studies and surveys of which the aim has been to form a vision of a new town which will soon be a reality. An architectural competition for the new urban centre was held in 2013 and a municipal development plan was adopted by Kiruna’s municipal council as of 22 April this year.
• Concurrently, LKAB and the Municipality of Kiruna have negotiated the agreement which was presented today. The agreement lays the foundation for the new town, while the Municipality redevelops the present-day urban centre as an industrial site.