FACEBOOK HAS CONFIRMED that construction has now begun on a new data centre in Ireland.
The data centre in Clonee, Co Meath, is expected to create hundreds of temporary construction jobs and dozens of permanent jobs once building work is complete in late 2017 or early 2018.
The investment, which is thought to be worth around €200 million, will bring the US tech giant’s Irish staff numbers to over 1,000.
The 31,000-square-metre facility is to be powered by 100% renewable energy, like its Swedish counterpart in Lulea, the social network said.
It will be the company’s second data centre in Europe and its fifth worldwide.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “Clonee Data Center will be one of the most advanced and energy efficient data centres in the world.
It will feature the latest server, storage and network designs developed through the Open Compute Project …
One interesting engineering detail is that we’re cooling the facility with outdoor air, but because this is near the Irish Sea we’ll be using an indirect air cooling process to filter the salt from the air.
We’re glad to be investing in Ireland, to become a part of the Clonee community and to continue building the massive infrastructure that connects our global community.
The company was granted permission to build the centre in July after lodging a planning application to Meath County Council.