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Microsoft in talks over 20-acre expansion for Dublin data centre campus

Written by Tue 18 Feb 2020

Microsoft’s Dublin data centre campus set for further expansion

According to reports, Microsoft is in discussions to purchase 20 acres of land to extend its data centre campus in Dublin.

Independent.ie, which revealed the talks, claimed the data centre would be built alongside a 120-percent office development in the Irish capital.

The land in question is adjacent to Microsoft’s existing Dublin data centre campus in Grange Castle Business Park.

The news outlet states that the sale of the land was approved by South Dublin County council in December subject to conditions.

At this stage, the data centre’s capacity or construction roadmap has not been revealed. Financial details have also not been disclosed.

Ireland is Europe’s data centre capital, with Amazon, Google and Microsoft all operating large sites there. There are 54 data centres in the country with a combined 642MW of  power capacity.

Residents and regulators, however, have voiced concerns that the boom is placing unsustainable burdens on the country’s electrical grid and putting wildlife at risk.

Apple had to scrap a planned €850m facility after a protracted judiciary process caused a three-year planning delay. The company, which is reported to have paid €15m for the location, put the site up for sale in October.

Last November it was revealed Irish politicians received letters threatening their families if the facility did not progress by Christmas.

Written by Tue 18 Feb 2020


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