A new Irish company based in Dublin has announced that it will create 1,100 jobs through the €1bn development of 89,000m² of data centres with a total capacity of more than 180MW.
Echelon Data Centres Limited is owned by Aldgate Developments, a UK and Ireland-based property development company. The company is working to a ‘Triple 5’ strategy – the development of 500MW of capacity, in five countries, by 2025.
The 1,100 jobs being created consist of 460 construction jobs and 100 operational positions in Clondalkin, and 450 construction jobs and 90 operational positions in Arklow.
The company’s jobs and investment plans were announced in Dublin this morning at an event attended by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, as well as senior representatives from the data centre industry and global technology companies.
Echelon is to construct data centres of 44,000m² (477,000 sqft) in Clondalkin, Dublin, and 45,000m² (484,000 sqft) in Arklow, Co Wicklow, with respective capacities of up to 84MW and 100MW. The capacity available across the two wholly-owned facilities is the equivalent of approximately 34% of all operational capacity currently available in Ireland and 15% of that either planned or in development.
Speaking this week, CEO of Echelon Data Centres, Niall Molloy said, "We’re thrilled that work to build Echelon’s first data centres has commenced. Between our two sites in Clondalkin and Arklow, and other sites that we are in the process of identifying and acquiring in Ireland, the UK and Europe, Echelon will become one of Europe’s biggest data centre providers. What this major investment means for Ireland is the creation of many high-quality jobs."
He added, "The development and operation of these two sites alone will provide employment for 1,100 people through a capital investment of €1bn which will enhance and support Ireland’s growing tech ecosystem."