Echelon Data Centres has officially launched its first two data centre developments.
We are investing €1bn in the development of Echelon Clondalkin and Echelon Avoca, which will offer a combined capacity of 184MW.
Echelon Clondalkin will be a 44,000m² (477,000 sqft) data centre located on a 35-acre site in Clondalkin Industrial Estate in Dublin, next to the M50 and close to Grange Castle and Profile Park. It will provide 84MW of capacity, with grid power available and occupancy from Q3 2020.
Echelon Avoca will be a 45,000m² (484,000 sqft) data centre located on a 200-acre site in Avoca Business Park next to the M11 in Arklow, Co Wicklow. It will provide 100MW of capacity, with significant gird power available and occupancy from Q1 2021.
Planning permission has been granted for the Clondalkin site and is imminent for Arklow. The first tranche of 40MW of capacity will be available in Clondalkin in Q3 2020.
Echelon is creating 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.
Details of developments were announced in Dublin this morning at an event attended by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, as well as senior representatives from the data centre industry and global technology companies.
Niall Molloy, CEO of Echelon Data Centres, 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," he said.
"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 capacity available across Echelon's first two facilities is the equivalent of 34% of all current operational capacity available in Ireland and about 15% of all capacity in planning and development. 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."