Microsoft has set its sights on Aragon to boost its expansion in Spain with the launch of data centers. A project that includes several enclaves in this autonomous community such as the already announced installation in the Recycling Technology Park of a campus with a investment of around 2,000 million of euros and also the most recent location in La Muela, in Zaragoza, which was recently declared of regional interest.
At that time some information about this project came to light, of which more details have now been released through the report presented to obtain the declaration of autonomous interest from the Government of Aragon to expedite all administrative procedures.
According to this document, the project for the new Microsoft data center campus will be located in Phase 5 of the Polígono Centrovía, in La Muela, in Zaragoza, and will affect an area of 146.88 hectares.
However, the implementation of this campus is part of the expansion of the company’s Azure network, will be limited to 936,857 square metersas a consequence of the execution of the Partial Urban Planning Plan on Delimited Developable Land adjacent to the Centrovía Industrial Estate.
Profiles related to IT operations, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers will be some of those in demand
The campus, promoted by Microsoft 7724 Spain SLU, will house the infrastructure and equipment necessary for the secure processing, organization and storage of computer data.
An activity for which they will get up on the surface several buildings to carry out the process and storage, adding a total of 25,000 square meters built. Each of the buildings will house computer servers and data storage equipment inside. An activity for which there will be mechanical coolingwhich will be used when the outside temperatures are too high, since a certain interior temperature is required for this activity to be carried out properly and the servers to function correctly.
The campus will also include several areas with administrative buildings and other associated services. In the case of the former, administrative buildings, maintenance, planning and server management activities will be included, while in the facilities areas they will include all those associated and support spaces for the operation of the data centers.
The buildings will occupy a total constructed area of 25,000 square meters.
Furthermore, given the electrical supply needs of the facilities, a new high voltage substation (transformers, distribution rooms…) It is not ruled out that they are installed photovoltaic panels in the northern area of the site to supply power to the data center. These infrastructures would be connected to the available and nearby transportation or distribution network.
The campus will have a design in which landscape elements will be incorporated and will integrate areas of surface stormwater management like attenuation ponds.
There will also be leisure and recreation areas for employees, parking spaces for vehicles – including cars, bicycles and small buses -, with electric charging points. One parking space is calculated for every 150 square meters built.
The project will be carried out in several phases. The first, called the launch of the campus, will begin once the PIGA is definitively approved. It is estimated a duration of three years. The investment in this stage is 400 million USD, about 365.3 million of euros approximately.
For the rest of the phases, Microsoft is considering a direct capital investment of around USD 2 billion, about 1.8 billion approximately euros, throughout the different stages that are part of this phase. A period of about ten yearsstarting from the completion of phase 1 and depending on the evolution of the demand for services in the market.
The data center campus will generate employment both in the phase of construction as well as in the operation once all the works are completed and commissioned. The memory data points to the need for between 1,000 and 2,000 workers, with an approximate annual average of between 300 and 400 jobs, for the construction and completion of the campus in its entirety. It is estimated that some 12 million hours worked will be necessary.
In the construction phase, professional profiles of electricians, plumbers and pipe workers, carpenters, iron and steel structure workers, concrete mixers or earthmoving workers, among others, will be required.
After completing this stage, it is estimated that up to 300 permanent jobs in the operational phase of the campus. In this case, the profiles that will be needed They are related to campus management, personnel management, critical environment operations, training and development, IT operations, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, security contractors and building maintenance.
The data center campus project in La Muela is promoted by the company Microsoft 7724 Spain, SLU, which has Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited as its sole partner. This company is, in turn, a subsidiary indirectly owned by Microsoft Corporation, a company domiciled at One Microsoft Way, Redmond (Washington) and listed on Nasdaq (Microsoft).
In its last fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2023, Microsoft achieved a turnover of $211.9 billion, obtaining an operating profit of $88.5 billion and a net profit of $72.4 billion. In addition, the company dedicated 27,195 million dollars to the Research and Development area.