Echelon to invest €1bn in two new data centres in Ireland

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jan 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Ireland-based Echelon Data Centres will invest €1bn in the development of two data centres, Echelon Clondalkin in Dublin and Echelon Avoca near Arklow, in County Wicklow.

Both data centres will offer a combined capacity of 184MW.

The 44,000m² Echelon Clondalkin data centre will be located on a 35-acre site in Clondalkin Industrial Estate in Dublin, adjacent to the M50 and close to Grange Castle and Profile Park and will provide 84MW of capacity, with grid power available and occupancy from the third quarter of 2020.

The 45,000m² Echelon Avoca data centre will be established on a 200-acre site in Avoca Business Park adjacent to the M11 in Arklow and will provide 100MW of capacity, with grid power available and occupancy from the first quarter of 2021.

Echelon has already secured planning permission for the Clondalkin site and expects to obtain permission for the Arklow facility shortly. The first tranche of 40MW of capacity will be available in Clondalkin in the third quarter of 2020.

The company will create 1,100 jobs across the two sites – 460 construction jobs and 100 operational positions in Clondalkin and 450 construction jobs and 90 operational positions in Arklow.

Echelon Data Centres CEO Niall Molloy said: “We’re thrilled that work to build Echelon’s first data centres has commenced. Between our two sites in Clondalkin and Arklow, and other sites that we are in the process of identifying and acquiring in Ireland, the UK and Europe, Echelon will become one of Europe’s biggest data centre providers.

“What this major investment means for Ireland is the creation of many high-quality jobs. The development and operation of these two sites alone will provide employment for 1,100 people through a capital investment of €1bn which will enhance and support Ireland’s growing tech ecosystem.”

The company said that the capacity available across Echelon’s first two facilities will be equivalent to 34% of all current operational capacity available in Ireland and about 15% of all capacity in planning and development.

Molloy said: “This will enable us to accommodate future growth strategies for clients. Echelon’s hands-on and flexible approach to meeting customer requirements goes as far as offering a site identification, acquisition and development service.”

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Image: Echelon to invest €1bn in two new data centres in Ireland. Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Jensen on Unsplash.

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