Wednesday 22 January 2020

Amazon planning major data centre in IDA park

400 construction jobs and 50 new roles to be created

Hubert Murphy

Amazon Data intends to set up a state-of -the-art data storage facility at the IDA Business and Technology Park, Donore Road, creating up to 50 jobs in the process as well as 400 during the set up process.

The development will stretch to over 19 hectares and depending on the planning application, the target date for commencement of construction of the first building is in the second quarter of this year, with full operation expected by mid 2023.

The application is before Meath CC and a decision is due in early February.

The Environmental Impact Assessment Report states that the development will be operated by Amazon Data Services Ireland Ltd and the applicant is CAP Developments LLC, an American firm.

The lifespan of the proposed development is not defined but it is anticipated that it will be at least 10 - 20 years.

The application states that Drogheda vied with a site at Navan, Co. Meath, and a site at Grange Castle, Dublin 22 for the project, but the Co Louth town won out.

The proposed development will require additional electrical power supply from the national grid, but Eirgrid has provided confirmation that there is sufficient capacity from the existing area network for the required power demand. There is no predicted impact on power supply to local residential or business users.

The building will be c.28,573 sq. m, with a maximum height of c. 25m, which will accommodate data halls, associated electrical and mechanical plant rooms, loading bays, maintenance and storage space, office administration areas, etc.

The application states that the operator and the project team have liaised with the relevant departments of MCC in advance of lodgement of the application. An initial exploratory meeting was undertaken with MCC on the 23rd October 2019. A second, formal meeting took place on the 27th November 2019.

In addition, the relevant specialists have liaised with statutory bodies (including the Traffic, Water Services, Environmental and Conservation departments of MCC, Irish Water, Eirgrid, ESB Networks, NPWS etc..

The subject site is a c. 19.46 hectares greenfield site in extent and is located within the IDA Business and Technology Park, Donore Road, Drogheda, Co.

The impacts on the local population in terms of residents and businesses are considered to be mainly positive in the sense of creating direct employment opportunities and indirect additional business, both during the construction and operational phases.

A new main entrance and access control point to the lands is proposed (also from the estate road to the east). There will also be 50 car parking spaces.

Drogheda Independent