Apple has canceled plans to build a second data center in Aabenraa, Denmark.
The news comes two months after construction was halted at another site in Denmark over an alleged dispute between Apple and main contractor Exyte. Apple is now looking to sell the 700 acres of land it owns.
Apple first confirmed plans to build a massive data center in Aabenraa back in July 2017. It was supposed to be the company’s second site in Denmark, and was part of a plan to invest a whopping $1.8 billion in Europe.
But it seems neither project is going to plan.
Apple faces tough luck in Denmark
Aabenraa’s town website has confirmed Apple’s surprise decision to give up on a local data center. It confirms the land will be sold off and Apple will leave the site completely. It’s not totally clear what the reasoning is.
Local representatives were reportedly told that this was a strategic decision. Apple is said to be focusing its efforts on a second site in Viborg now.
But things aren’t exactly rosy there, either. It was reported in April that the Viborg site showed no signs of life after construction had been halted over a dispute with contractors. Hundreds of workers were reportedly sent home.
Apple’s plans for Denmark uncertain
It seems strange that Apple would cancel this project given the growing demand for its cloud-based services and its apparent enthusiasm to invest in Europe. The company is yet to comment on the news.
Aabenraa says it is hoping another big company will purchase the land.