Minister of Transportation Ketil Solvik Olsen has visited Fossum and been presented the status of the work to establish the data center on Gromstul in Skien. The Minister received a briefing from Løvenskiold about the property’s industrial history, which began in the mid-1500 century and lasted for over three hundred years, and how to establish the datacenter on Gromstul is a natural continuation of this industry history.
Knut Morten Johansen (Fremskrittspartiet) together with Bård Hoksrud managed to get Skien on Solvik-Olsen’s itinerary. The minister received a briefing from Løvenskiold about the property’s industrial history, which began in the mid-1500 century and lasted over three hundred years.
“I thought early in the process that a data center would be nice. Then I have someone who can buy the power we produce”, told Leopold Løvenskiold. He discovered a bit later that the property’s power plant would only be able to deliver a few percent of the power a Hyperskala data center would need.
«The faster we get started, the bigger this industry can be in Norway. We have reduced the charge on electricity, reduced property tax, made investments in the international fiber cable and the core network to show the governmental support. We will help strengthen Norway in this challenge. But we cheer no matter which of the Norwegian sites who get the first center. Norway will be put on the map and it may be easier to get more, said Solvik-Olsen.