Internet giant Amazon has taken the first steps towards building another huge data centre in Dublin.
The company has begun the planning process to prepare the former Jacob's biscuits site in Tallaght for the new development, which will significantly boost its presence in Dublin.
Amazon, headed by founder Jeff Bezos, already has a number of data centres in the capital and plans to build two other facilities at locations around the city.
Combined, the projects are likely to propel Amazon's infrastructure spending here to beyond €1bn.
The company has asked South Dublin County Council for permission to begin demolishing some of the existing buildings and other infrastructure at the biscuit site, which Amazon acquired last year.
The site has been unused since 2008, when the Jacob's factory closed.
Amazon already has a huge data centre in Tallaght. It acquired a former Tesco distribution centre there in 2010, and converted it to a 22,300 sq m data centre.
The Irish Independent revealed last October that Amazon also plans to build a data centre at the Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park near Dublin Airport. The site was formerly home to GE Superabrasives, and the existing factory extends over more than 18,400 sq m on a 9.3 hectare site. Amazon is also planning to build a data centre in Blanchardstown, where it already has two data centre operations.