$559 Million Data Center Earmarked for Arklow, Republic of Ireland

July 23, 2019
$559 Million Data Center Earmarked for Arklow, Republic of Ireland
A €500 million ($559 million) data center has been earmarked for development in Arklow, Republic of Ireland. The center will be developed by ‘‘Echelon Data Centres’ (Echelon), a company specializing in telecommunications data centers. Echelon, which has a presence in London and Dublin, is owned by Aldgate Developments – a property company that focuses on “large scale real estate and infrastructure development”. Echelon is a “data centre owner, developer and operator” intent on meeting “the rapidly expanding global demand for data processing and storage solutions”. It boasts a network of data centers across Europe.

News of the development, which was reported by the online edition of ‘The Irish Times’, suggests the center, which will be located in the Irish town of Clondalkin, will be available for customers in the second quarter of 2021. The company has received planning permission from Wicklow County Council for a site that offers 484,000 square feet of data capacity. The 100MW centre will generate around 450 jobs during construction and 90 full-time jobs upon completion. According to the Irish Times, Echelon is committed to “100 percent green and renewable solutions – wind, solar, biomass – to provide sustainable power options to all of its data centres”.

“Today’s ruling shows that Ireland is open for data center business, and that the necessary decisions can be taken within a framework that allows developers a level of certainty,” explained Graeme McWilliams, the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He added the center would help meet “growing demand from global organisations in ecommerce, telecommunications, digital broadcasting, AI and the Internet of Things”.

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