IDA launches hunt to find land suitable for new data centres
The IDA is seeking to identify potential land banks suitable for developing large-scale data centre projects.
The property division of the State agency is to appoint a consultant to carry out the assessment, which will include identifying at least one strategic land bank in each of the Dublin/Mid East, South East, South West, Mid West, Midlands, West and North West/North East regions.
The agency said the assessment will be carried out in three phases - including a national review, a refinement of options and final analysis and recommendation.
Criteria for the final site choices include ensuring that they have potential connectivity to high-voltage power, Tier 1 fibre broadband and the road network.
Earlier this month it emerged that internet giant Amazon is set to build another multi-million euro data centre in Ireland, having acquired an additional site in Tallaght, south Dublin.
This will confirm its position as the biggest data centre operator in the country. The company has invested well over €1bn in its Irish assets.
The IDA provides office buildings and technology parks as sweeteners for companies looking to invest in Ireland.
The agency has talked up the fact that Ireland is already home to a large cluster of data centres, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple.
Data centre operators, such as TeleCity Group and BT, have also established here.