Google to expand Europe data centre
Internet search giant Google is to invest 300 million euro (£256 million) in expanding its continental European data centre.
Google said it will upgrade the facility in Belgium to meet growing demand for its online services.
The information underpinning Google's services - internet search requests, Gmail or YouTube - is processed in industrial-scale data centres such as the Belgian plant in St Ghislain, south-west of Brussels.
Google said the centre currently has some 120 employees and is one of the most energy-efficient facilities of its kind.
The company, based in Mountain View, California, operates other data centres catering for the European market in Ireland and Finland.