Saturday 21 September 2019

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

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

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.

Irish Independent

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