Construction begins on new €150m Google data centre

Construction works have started on Google’s new data centre at Profile Park in west Dublin.

An estimated 400 jobs should be created during the construction of the new 150 million data centre, the first phase of which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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The Google project comes just months after Apple revealed it will build an €850m data centre in Athenry, Galway, which will be powered by renewable energy.

The new two storey data centre is being built alongside Google’s existing data centre which opened in 2012.  In addition, Google has completed the purchase of 31 acres adjacent to its facilities in Profile Park which will give the company flexibility should it have additional data centre requirements in the future.

Ronan Harris, head of Google in Ireland said; “The data centre that we built in Dublin in 2012 has worked really well for us and created around 30 full-time jobs. We have now started construction on our second data centre and we have been working with the local community as the building gets underway.”

“Every day, millions of people around the world search on Google for information, products and services.  In addition, millions of people worldwide use other Google services and applications, such as Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube. Google’s data centres around the world help power these services, and ensure that Google searches remain fast and that our services are always secure and available.”

The new data centre will rank amongst the most energy efficient in the world.  It will use an advanced air-cooling system to keep its computers running smoothly, taking advantage of Ireland’s naturally cool climate. This enables Google to reduce significantly its energy requirements and helps maintain its global status as a carbon-neutral company.