“Internet giant Amazon is planning to build a €1bn data centre campus in Dublin as it tackles a global surge in the use of its web services, as well as its own online shopping network.
The company has just submitted plans to build a huge, 20,739 sq metre (223,000 sq feet) data centre in Mulhuddart, close to a huge biologics facility owned by pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb.
The data centre is likely to cost up to €200m. But Amazon said it might build as many as seven more data centres at the 26-hectare location owned by the IDA, which is due to become a data-storage facility campus. That could involve an estimated future spend of another €700m. Those data centres would each be smaller than the one currently planned.
Construction of the latest Amazon data centre – codenamed ‘Project G’ – is set to begin this year and will take about 18 months to complete. At the peak construction phase, about 400 workers are expected to be on site.
Amazon, headed by founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos, has just applied to Fingal County Council for permission to build the data centre, which will bring the total it has around the capital close to 10.
It already has a number of data centres nearby, in Blanchardstown. It is also building a massive data centre beside Dublin Airport, at the Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park. The site was formerly home to GE Superabrasives. Amazon also has three data centres in the south of the city, around Tallaght.”
This is an excerpt taken from the Irish Independent and written by John Mulligan. It can be read in full here.