Facebook set to double size of Meath data centre

Planning permission granted for two new halls at Clonee site

Facebook, Clonee, County Meath is set to almost double the size of its data centre, with the construction of two new buildings.

The company confirmed it would go ahead with plans to increase the size of the Clonee data centre from 86,000 sq metres to almost 150,000 sq m after planning permission was granted for two further halls at the site.

Construction on the new buildings will begin later this year.

Facebook said the expansion would result in hundreds of millions of euro in incremental investment in Clonee, along with additional jobs during construction and operations. About 300 staff are currently involved in operations on the site.

The €300 million data centre was granted permission in 2015. Work began on the centre in April 2016, with the first phase comprising two buildings housing data halls linked by an administration building. In 2017, Facebook said it was adding a 28,000 sq m builsing and administrative space to bring the facility to 86,000 sq m. Two further buildings were in the planning system when the data centre officially opened last year.

Thedata centre is supported by 100 per cent renewable energy, a commitment Facebook has reiterated with its latest announcement.


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