€450M DATA CENTRE APPROVED IN DROGHEDA
Conditional planning permission has been given to a data centre developer to build Amazon’s second data centre in Drogheda.
Following approval provided to Tunis Properties from Meath County Council, Amazon is set to develop two 48 megawatts data centres at the IDA Business and Technology Park in Drogheda. The two could represent an investment of up to around €900m, according to estimates from construction consultancy Mitchell McDermott’s 2021 Data Centre info card.
Development on Amazon’s first data centre in Drogheda is already under way. According to planning files, the developer hopes to begin building Amazon’s second data centre in the second or third quarter of 2023, with an ambition to complete it in 2026.
The second site is also set to create 400 construction jobs at the peak of activity.
In planning documents, a consultant said Amazon had committed to offtake power from three renewable wind farm projects in Cork, Donegal and Galway. These projects could add 229 MW of energy to the grid each year, producing enough green energy to power 185,000 homes.
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine