Intel Ireland planning permission could pave the way for 850 jobs

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Intel stand at the recent CeBIT 2017 event in Hanover. Image: Alexander Tolstykh/Shutterstock

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Revised development proposal will enable Intel in Leixlip to compete for $4bn chip manufacturing facility.

Intel Ireland has reportedly been granted planning permission for a revised manufacturing facility in Leixlip that will help it to bid for a major investment, generating 850 new jobs.

Intel is competing against other sites around the world, including in the US and Israel, for a next-generation chip manufacturing project.

‘This planning permission now ensures that Intel Ireland can bid for the tender, which, if successful, will create 3,000 construction jobs and in excess of 850 full-time jobs once developed’
– ALLAN SHINE

The company’s Irish facility currently supplies half of the world’s 14-nanometre chips.

Intel Leixlip is key to big bets on future technology

Intel came to Ireland in 1989 and has grown to employ more than 4,000 people.

The operations have deftly manoeuvred to account for every major technological shift, from supplying a large portion of the world’s Pentium chips during the PC age, to becoming a powerhouse for big bets on cloud, mobile and internet of things innovations.

According to The Irish Times, Intel’s application for a two-storey development to provide 90,000 sq m of additional space has been approved by Kildare County Council.

Intel already had a 10-year planning permission granted in 2013, but subsequently revised its plans for a smaller facility and submitted a new proposal to Kildare County Council, which has now been given the green light by authorities.

“This planning permission now ensures that Intel Ireland can bid for the tender, which, if successful, will create 3,000 construction jobs and in excess of 850 full-time jobs once developed,” said the CEO of County Kildare Chamber, Allan Shine.

“This is great news for Kildare and further demonstrates that Kildare is the location of choice for existing and potential business enterprises.

“I am confident that Intel Ireland will be successful in this bid as Kildare is primed for further development,” added Shine.

The revised plan will contain a number of new structures, including buildings for water treatment, purification and electrical.

It also includes proposals to widen the R148 road, which skirts the facility, as well as adjustments to internal roads at the giant operation.

Intel stand at the recent CeBIT 2017 event in Hanover. Image: Alexander Tolstykh/Shutterstock

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

editorial@siliconrepublic.com