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Vantage Data Centers invests £857M in flagship Irish data centre campus

Written by Thu 25 Apr 2024

Hyperscale data centre provider, Vantage Data Centers, said it will invest £857 million ($1 billion) to enter the Irish market with the development of a multi-phase data centre campus (DUB1).

The first two phases consist of 52MW of IT capacity, with the first phase expected to be operational in late 2024. The company’s Ireland campus will be located around nine miles from the Dublin city centre in Profile Park, Grange Castle.

“Vantage Data Centers will not only be contributing to local employment and taxation but will be ensuring the safety of our data and future-proofing business for years to come with this major investment in technology,” said Peter Byrne, CEO at South Dublin Chamber.

Sited on 22 acres, the 38,000 sqm campus will consist of one 32MW facility and one 20MW facility and has available land and power to add a third facility in the future. Upon completion, DUB1 will mark Vantage’s 14th EMEA campus in a regional portfolio that spans seven countries.

President of EMEA at Vantage Data Centers, David Howson, said Vantage is committed to being a good neighbour where we build and operate data centres.

“Throughout this development, there will be a significant positive economic impact to the community as we employ more than 1,100 individuals during peak construction and create approximately 165 jobs to operate the campus,” said Howsen.

Vantage Data Centers said the campus is being built in alignment with Vantage’s sustainable blueprint to deliver an annualised Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2 using ‘virtually no water for cooling’.

Renewable Power Solutions at DUB1 Data Centre Campus

The DUB1 campus will feature a 100MVA multi-fuel generation plant, powered primarily by renewable hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and gas from Gas Networks Ireland.

Vantage Data Centers said this plant will alleviate pressure on Dublin’s grid during power constraints while maximising efficiency. It can also supply power back to the grid, supporting energy availability in the area. 

Director of Public Policy EMEA at Vantage Data Centers, Jinél Fourie, said it the company is pleased to align its sustainability goals with the Irish Government’s.

“As environmental technology continues to advance, including the inaugural use of a multi-fuel generation plant in Dublin, we look forward to continuing our local partnerships to explore additional solutions to enhance the local community,” said Fourie.

Vantage also plans to use HVO instead of diesel in its backup generators and is pursuing corporate power purchase agreements for green energy sources like biomethane. Currently, HVO meets 99% of the company’s fuel needs during construction.

In July, Vantage Data Centers appealed the rejection of a new data centre application in Dublin, Ireland. The data centre operator applied in April 2023 for permission to demolish a two-story residential building and outbuildings. The site is located on 3.79 hectares of land on New Nangor Road in Profile Park.

In 2021, Vantage Data Centers successfully gained permission to develop two data centre buildings in Profile Park, Dublin. The successful application requested the demolition of a house and outbuildings. The data centres known as Building 11 and Building 12 were valued at £39 million (€46 million) and are set to cover 8.7 hectares.

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Written by Thu 25 Apr 2024

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