Monday, October 23, 2017

Amazon’s €1bn Irish data centre falls victim to Apple’s €850m hub massive delay misery

Site next to Facebook’s local data centre was expected to be brought online in late 2018 or H1 2019.

Amazon has become the second multinational to come under fire from Irish locals in relation to its mega data centre project in the country.

The company’s recently announced €1bn renewable energy-powered data centre campus in Dublin is facing opposition from the same objectors to Apple’s €850m data centre in Co Galway.

With original plans laying out plans to break ground in 2017, Amazon is now dealing with arguments against its facility from one of the locals who has also strongly opposed to Apple’s project, according to the Irish Independent.

Co Galway-based engineer Allan Daly has called upon local authorities to not grant permission to the project until Amazon specifies the data centre campus heavy energy consumption.

The engineer has also said that Fingal Country Council should not grant such permission until the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment does not complete the on-going assessment of Ireland’s renewable energy framework.

The Independent reports, however, that no deadline has been made publicly known regarding the conclusion of the assessment.

Daley told Fingal County Council: “Any agreement to somehow ‘purchase’ existing renewables from energy suppliers creates a false nexus between Ireland’s existing wind farms and the development proposal.”

The opposition to the Amazon data centre mirrors the one faced by Apple and its ongoing judicial battle to break ground on its Galway data centre originally expected to become operational in 2017. The earliest estimates now point to March 2019, however, the company is still awaiting final permission for the development.

Amazon’s data centre in the north of the Irish capital, to be developed under the codename of Project G, was unveiled on March 10, 2017, and is set to be one of the company’s largest investments in Ireland and Europe.

The park is projected to be 26 acres with the first data centre building measuring 223,233 sqf and costing the company €200m.

Seven other smaller buildings are projected for a phased-out expansion over the years.

The land on which the facility is to be built has previously owned by the Irish Industrial Development Authority (IDA).

The site next to Facebook’s local data centre was expected to be brought online in late 2018 or H1 2019.

The Dublin data centre is set to become Amazon’s third data centre in Ireland in addition to sites in Tallaght and Clonshaugh.

Amazon has recently revealed that capital expenditure in Europe alone has reached €15bn.