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Portuguese Prime Minister Supports Sines 4.0 Project

Portuguese prime minister supports Sines 4.0 project

In the public presentation of the Sines 4.0 project, which includes an investment of 3.5 billion euros for the installation of a megadata center in Sines, the prime minister stated that the city “will be one of the major centers of economic development in our country. in the 21st century” – April 23, 2021 During the presentation, António Costa highlighted the diverse potential of Sines,
such as the connection to maritime data cables, the capacity for the production of green energy or even the Port of Sines as “a huge asset”. According to the announcement of Start Campus, the company responsible for the design of this data center, it will be possible to respond to the growing demand from large international technology companies, suppliers of various services, from ‘streaming’ to social networks. António Costa also highlighted the importance of data – both in the current economy and in the coming decades. The data has, moreover, received significant attention from the European Commission, which has already developed a strategy focused on the data. “In an economy of the future, which is increasingly digitalized, data circulation is crucial. As Vasco da Gama started, Sines is also a place of excellence for the installation of new digital interconnection cables between Europe and other destinations” , highlighted Costa, who believes that the city has “unique conditions for the mooring of new cables”. “Just as the Port of Sines brought the industry associated with the transport of goods and goods, necessarily the Sines cables are a connection point for the whole industry based on technology.” Project allows combining ambition to lead in digital and climate transitionsThrough this new project, which aims to use renewable energy to feed data storage and cooling structures, António Costa defended that it will be possible for Portugal to “combine what our ambition to lead in the digital transition but also in the climate transition. “ In addition to the availability of renewable energy in Sines, the price of energy was also a decisive factor for those responsible for the project. “We can increasingly be a center for the production of the energies of the future,” said the minister. “What motivated me the most to be here today to witness this first step, which was the signing of the surface law contract at Sines Park, was this being an example of excellence in digital and energy transition”. For Costa, this appears as an example that “these transitions are not a threat to economic development and job creation”.“It is a project that, regardless of the size, is already an absolutely symbolic investment. It demonstrates all that are our bases of the development strategy”, he said, focusing on points such as “renewable and low cost energy” the possibility that the country “will be at the forefront of the digital transition.” The Sines 4.0 project foresees an investment of 3.5 billion euros, which the Government has already classified as “the largest foreign investment in Portugal since Autoeuropa”. Through the creation of this megadata center, which foresees the construction of five buildings with a useful capacity to supply 450 Megawatts (MW) of energy to the servers, with 90 MW each, the responsible company explains that it will be possible to create up to 1,200 direct jobs in the region. Taking into account indirect jobs, the figure could reach 8 thousand jobs. The goal of the start campus is for Sines 4.0 to have “a zero net carbon footprint, ensuring globally competitive energy prices, security, stability and data security compliance”, affirmed Start Campus, in a statement.The company defended that Sines 4.0 will thus benefit “from all the strategic advantages of this location, such as cooling with sea water, access to the high voltage electrical network, connectivity through the connection to international high capacity fiber optic cables with North America, Africa and South America and potential use of 100% green and environmentally sustainable energy, with water consumption indicators and creating highly efficient PUE (‘Power Usage Effectiveness’)”. “Sines 4.0 will help Portugal to re-emerge as a ‘key player’ in the international data and connectivity market and build the next stage of the country’s 150-year history as a European connection point in global telecommunications”. Source: APP – Associação dos Portos de Portugal

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