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Amazon eyes European expansion with 2 new Dublin data centres

Seven-year planning permission is requested to build a 3.75-hectare brownfield campus in the north part of the capital.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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November 01, 2021 | 6:30 AM GMT

Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) cloud business AWS is currently seeking planning permission to expand its footprint in the Irish capital with the addition of two new facilities.

The planning application has been filed by real estate firm Colliers Properties LLC with the Dublin city council on behalf of Amazon Data Services Ireland Ltd, according to The Sunday Times.

The planning document shows that AWS intends to build a one facility of 12,875 sqm/139,000 sq ft and another one of 1,455 sqm/15,700 sq ft on a 3.75-hectare brownfield site in an IDA business park in Clonshaugh, Dublin 17, close to other data centre operators including Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR).

The project has been designed by MCA Architects and is expected that the first building will be completed within five years post planning approval. The second, smaller facility will be subject to market demand, but is projected to be completed no longer than seven years post-approval.



The largest data centre building will be located in the northern portion of the Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park, and will account with four data halls and a parapet height of c.19.8 metres and will accommodate data halls, associated electrical and mechanical plant rooms, a loading bay, maintenance and storage space, office administration areas, with plant and solar panels at roof level.

The smaller facility (which will be ancillary to Data Centre A) will be located to the south of the first data centre, with a parapet height of c.12.8 metres and will accommodate data halls, associated electrical and mechanical plant rooms, a loading bay, maintenance and storage space, office administration areas, with plant at roof level.

The development includes a diesel tank and a filling area to serve the proposed emergency generators.

AWS, which has faced some resistance from local populations in Ireland regarding its cloud infrastructure, said it intends to offset the power consumption of the two newly planned data centres with three wind farms in Donegal, Galway and Cork.

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