Is Amazon planning to invest €600m in fourth Dublin data centre?

23 Jan 2017

The latest Amazon investment will only add to the Dublin data centre boom. Image: Dabarti CGI/Shutterstock

Rumours that Amazon is building a fourth data centre in Dublin are gaining pace, and now a €600m investment figure has been suggested.

E-commerce and cloud giant Amazon is understood to be preparing to build a new data centre in Dublin.

Amazon has a number of data centres in Dublin, chiefly in Clonshaugh, in the north of the county, and Tallaght in the south-west.

Since the start of the year, reports have been circulating that the company is planning to locate its fourth data centre in the city in Tallaght, where it bought a site that was previously the base of warehouse firm Barretts.

However, another report this weekend in The Sunday Times suggests the site of the fourth data centre could be in Clonshaugh, and that planning permission has been sought for a new 14,000 sq m construction.

Data centres: Engines of e-commerce

It is understood that Amazon has plans to build two 16,700 sq m data centres over the next three to five years in Clonshaugh.

The plan will involve a capital investment of €600m.

It will lead to the creation of 120 full-time positions as well as several hundred construction jobs.

Amazon, which recently revealed plans to create 100,000 full-time jobs in the US over the next 18 months, is also one of the biggest tech employers in Ireland.

The company now employs 1,400 people in Dublin and 800 in Cork.

Last year, Amazon also revealed that it plans to rent a massive office block in Dublin and create 500 new jobs.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years