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Amazon applies to begin €900m data centre campus

Fri 10 Mar 2017

Amazon has applied to Dublin for permission to develop a 223,000 square foot data centre on a campus intended to eventually house up to seven others – at an estimated final value close to one billion euros.

The initial build , dubbed ‘Project G’, would if approved be the tenth in the region for Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is experiencing extraordinary growth as it gains global customers such as Netflix and expands its own online retail empire, as well as maintaining its premier place in the cloud computing space.

The centre will cost approximately €200m and it’s reported that the 18 month construction window set to begin this year will employ up to 400 workers. Project G will be located in Mulhuddart, approximately 8 miles north-west of Dublin City.

According to one of the documents associated with the proposal, the Mulhuddart build will stand at 43 feet, ‘containing data halls, associated electrical and AHU Plant Rooms, a loading bay, maintenance and storage space, office administration areas, screened plant and solar panels at roof level, all within a building with a total gross floor area of 20,739 sqm.’

Pre-construction will involve the installation of a 110kv substation, eventually to be replaced or augmented by a fixed 220kv Gas Insulated Switchgear substation. Project G is set to be quite thirsty, with sixty per cent of water lost to evaporation in the cooling process, according to initial planning documents.

Seven other smaller facilities are anticipated if the project should get the go-ahead, at a cost of around 700 million euros, creating a data centre campus of substantial equity for Amazon over the next five years.

Only two months ago Amazon committed to another significant Dublin data centre build, at the site of a former warehouse of the Barretts warehousing and distribution company, and also maintains new build work at Blanchardstown, as well as originating a new DC centre in the Clonshaugh business park near to Dublin Airport.

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