Norwegian manufacturer unable to boost ammunition production for Ukraine through TikTok data center: “Our growth is challenged by the storage of cat videos” | Abroad

Norwegian munitions manufacturer Nammo, one of the largest in the EU, claims a new TikTok data center near its largest factory is holding back increased production for Ukraine. According to the manufacturer, the data center monopolizes electricity in the region.

Morten Brandtzæg, director of Nammo, said a planned expansion of its largest plant in central Norway is being stalled by a lack of energy surplus. According to Nammo, this is the result of a new TikTok data center that now uses up the electricity in the area. “We are concerned as we see our future growth being challenged by the storage of cat videos,” Morten Brandtzæg told the Financial Times. Local energy supplier Elvia confirmed to the Financial Times that the electricity network had no spare capacity after the arrival of the data center.

Elvia, the local energy supplier, confirmed to the Financial Times that the grid had no spare capacity and had allocated it to the data center on a “first come, first served” basis. Extra capacity would only become available after some time.

According to some estimates, Ukraine fires 6,000 to 7,000 artillery shells a day, which has boosted the demand for ammunition. According to Brandtzæg, the European munitions industry must invest 2 billion euros in new factories to meet demand in Ukraine. The European Union yesterday announced a program in which 1 billion euros will serve as compensation for countries that offer ammunition to Ukraine, and another 1 billion euros will be used to expand the production capacity of ammunition in all states.

After suspicion of espionage on TikTok, the platform is attempting to accommodate European lawmakers by starting to store European user data locally this year. Tiktok will reduce data transfers outside the region and limit employee access to user data internally, it sounds. To deliver on that promise, the company wanted to open new data centers in Ireland and Norway.

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