An Bord Pleanála has endorsed the county Council’s planning permission for a major new Data centre in Arklow.
Echelon Data Centres Limited, a new Irish company, announced earlier this year that it will create 1,100 jobs through a one billion euro development of data centres in Arklow and Dublin.
The Data Centre development at Avoca River Park on the former site of the Irish Fertiliser plant just outside Arklow, will provide over 450 jobs during construction with a further initial 90 full time positions when the centre is up and running.
One objection was lodged on the deadline to appeal the planning permission. However yesterday the Planning Board gave its approval for the development.
Fianna Fail TD in Wicklow Pat Casey says this is a game changer for the county and in particular Arklow.
Echelon Avoca will be a 45,000m² (484,000 sqft) data centre located on a 200-acre site provide 100MW of capacity, with significant gird power available and occupancy from Q1 2021.
The Arklow facility is scheduled to open by 2021.
Echelon Data Centres has now announced the appointment of former Hewlett Packard Ireland CEO and Chairman Martin Murphy as Non-Executive Chairman, and Simon McCormick as Chief Technical Officer.
The appointments come as part of the rapid growth of Echelon as it progresses towards its goal of having 500 Mega Watts of data centre capacity in five countries by 2025.
Last month, the company also announced a 150 million pound investment in its third facility, a centre in London’s Docklands
We welcome An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant planning permission for our 100MW Arklow data centre. Decision signals Ireland is open to data centre business. https://t.co/C4Cmlc8w5F— Echelon Data Centres (@CentresData) July 19, 2019