A 28,573 SQUARE METER FACILITY
Amazon has secured a planning permission for its new data center facility at the IDA Business and Technology Park, Donore Road, Drogheda, Ireland.
Application for the approval was submitted by U.S. firm, CAP Developments LLC on behalf of Amazon Data Services Ireland Ltd. With the permission granted by the Irish authorities, the tech giant can now commence the development of its two-story data center facility which is expected to have a maximum overall height of 25 meters.
Having a floor area of 28,573 square meters, the data center will be seated on a 19.46 hectares site and is expected to create up to 275 jobs during its construction. The first phase of the project is estimated to cost around €350 million (approx. $380 million).
The company plans to fully begin the data center construction in Q2 2020 and expects that the facility becomes completely operational in 2023.
“The most important aspect of this announcement is the knock on investment that will be delivered in the town of Drogheda. Data centers are widely known to attract significant high tech industries to the locality,” said Fergus O’Dowd, Irish Fine Gael general election candidate.
“This is what Drogheda has been fighting so hard to achieve, we may be looking at employment opportunities for generations to come.”
This new hyperscale facility is not the first of its kind in Ireland as Amazon has already entered the Irish market since 2018 with the launch of an 88,000 square foot data center in Tallaght, Dublin. This project was approved amidst oppositions from locales who complained of data center congestion in the area, among other concerns.
In addition to the data center development, a new main entrance and access control point to the site has been proposed by Amazon. This implies that the company intends to modify the existing entrance of the facility, which will function as a secondary entrance to serve emergency and construction access purposes.