Plans For €400m ‘Game Changer’ Data Centre In Ireland Unveiled
Clare County Council have announced its plan for a one million sq ft data centre on the outskirts of Ennis, in mid-west Ireland, next year.
The €400m planned data centre will be the largest in the region since the €850m costing 200,000 sq ft data centre planned by Apple for Athenry, which was scrapped early this year.
The Council is seeking to amend the county development plan to support with the planning application for the facility, which would be located on a 51 hectare site close to the Tulla Road junction of the M18 motorway.
Liam Conneally, Council Director of Services, said: “The development could be significant for Ennis and Clare – a game changer.
“The Government Minister recently told me that data is new oil, the new gold.”
According to the local authorities, it is estimated that 1,100 jobs will be created during construction, along with another 1,000 direct and indirect jobs over a five year period. Up to 200 permanent data centre jobs would be created when it’s fully operational.
The Council has been advancing the project over the past year to facilitate the planning application to be lodged by Dublin-based firm, Art Data Centres.
Plans were presented to Councillors this week, which followed after one year since the Council first announced its plans for Clare County to become a hub for data centres.
Last year, the county council also claimed that Clare is ‘Ireland’s leader in low-carbon, renewable energy generation and moderate climate’ – an important factor for data centres, which typically consume a large amount of energy and need a cool temperate climate.
In order to advance the plan, the Council is seeking to rezone the 51 hectares as an enterprise zone that will be data centre specific.
The next step in the process is for councillors to vary their development plan to rezone the lands to allow the application be lodged with An Bord Pleanála for next year.
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