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Thumbs up from Facebook in Luleå

Facebook’s only server halls outside the USA are in Luleå.

Projects of this calibre are often time-critical, and the importance of permit applications submitted being complete and well-prepared can be the difference between a new facility or not. You simply cannot afford the delay that an appeal would mean.

ÅF has been with Facebook all the way, from the detailed planning stage, via a complete EIA and permit application to follow-up on the impact of operations. We have continued this partnership with activities including investigations into the environmental impact of changed operating conditions and the formulation of changes in terms and conditions. We have drawn up the control programme and perform measurements. We provide assistance in contacts with authorities, when there is sometimes a need for a bridge between the US and Sweden. Quite simply, we adopt the role of Facebook’s “in-house consultants” when issues of a water-related or environmental nature are on the agenda.  Our experience of permit applications and knowledge of the processes was an important piece of the jigsaw in helping Facebook to set up its facility in Luleå.