Belfast Telegraph

Amazon files plan to build £900m Dublin data centre

By John Mulligan

Amazon is hoping to build a €1bn (£0.9bn) data centre campus in Dublin to tackle a global surge in the use of its services.

The company, which is also launching its own online shopping network, has submitted plans to build a 20,739 sq m (223,000 sq feet) data centre in Mulhuddart, close to a facility owned by pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb.

The project is likely to cost up to €200m (£174m).

Amazon has said it might build as many as seven more such hubs at the 26-hectare location owned by the IDA, which is earmarked to become a data storage facility campus.

That could involve an estimated future spend of about €700m (£609m).

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 take about 18 months to complete. At the peak construction phase, 400 workers are expected to be on site.

Amazon, headed by founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos, has 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 the facilities nearby in Blanchardstown.

It is also building a 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 around Tallaght, in the south of the city.

Belfast Telegraph