In­terx­ion gets the go-ahead for €68m Dublin data cen­tre

Irish Independent - - Business - John Mul­li­gan

IN­TERX­ION has re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion for what will be its fourth data cen­tre at Grange Cas­tle in west Dublin. It’s likely to cost at least €68m to build.

In­terx­ion, which is listed on the New York Stock Ex­change, opened its first data cen­tre in Ire­land in 2001 and in 2017 opened its third, which cost about €28m to de­velop.

It has about 50 data cen­tres across 11 Eu­ro­pean coun­tries, serv­ing 2,000 clients.

Grange Cas­tle is a hub for ma­jor data cen­tre op­er­a­tions for com­pa­nies such as Google and Mi­crosoft.

In­terx­ion plans to build a two-storey data cen­tre ex­tend­ing over a to­tal of 7,246 sq m (78,000 sq ft). It will be sep­a­rated into three main data halls on each floor, each cov­er­ing 582 sq m.

Seven gen­er­a­tors will be in­stalled to sup­ply backup power in the event lo­cal elec­tric­ity sup­plies are cut off.

The new data cen­tre will re­quire 9.5MW of power, com­pared with the 6.5MW re­quired for the data cen­tre that In­terx­ion opened last year.

It’s likely to take be­tween 12 and 14 months to build, and sup­port up to 140 con­struc­tion jobs dur­ing that time.

Last month, In­terx­ion an­nounced that it’s plan­ning to build new data cen­tres in Frank­furt and Mar­seille at a to­tal cost of more than €310m. In Septem­ber, In­terx­ion said that it had in­creased its cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture guid­ance for 2018 to be­tween €425m and €450m due to high colo­ca­tion de­mand.

Per­mis­sion for its lat­est data cen­tre in Dublin comes amid a con­tin­u­ing surge in data cen­tre con­struc­tion in and around the cap­i­tal and at Grange Cas­tle.

Ear­lier this year, Google an­nounced that it plans to in­vest an ad­di­tional €150m in ex­tend­ing an ex­ist­ing data cen­tre at Grange Cas­tle. Mi­crosoft is also in­vest­ing heav­ily at the site.

Last month, stock mar­ket-listed US real es­tate in­vest­ment trust CyrusOne was granted plan­ning per­mis­sion for a mas­sive €400m data cen­tre at Grange Cas­tle.

It will be the Dal­las-based com­pany’s first data cen­tre project in Ire­land and will sig­nif­i­cantly boost its global data cen­tre foot­print.

Nas­daq-listed CyrusOne, with a $6.6bn (€7.5bn) mar­ket cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion, cur­rently has more than 40 data cen­tres across the United States, Ger­many, the UK and Asia.

Thriv­ing tech hub: Google’s data cen­tre at Grange Cas­tle, Dublin

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