Wicklow Fianna Fáil Pat Casey TD has welcomed the news that planning permission is finalised for a major data centre project to be located at Avoca River Park in Arklow.
“Today the planning has been confirmed by An Bord Pleanala for the Data Centre. I have worked on this project for nearly two years and am delighted to have reached this stage. This means that the planning permission can proceed to commencement and the beginning of an exciting new high tech era for Arklow and South Wicklow”
“This is the largest investment in industry in Wicklow in generations and I am delighted to have played a part in ensuring that this project gets off the ground. The Data Centre alone is a game changer for the South Wicklow region but Echelon have exciting plans for this iconic site.”
“I have been working on this project with Crag Digital now Echelon for the past 17 months. The initial investment is over €500 million and will transform this brown field site into a major data centre with 100 mega watts of capacity in phase 1 which will in turn attract industries in the valuable technology and software sectors”
“Apart from the 450 construction jobs that will be needed for the substantial redevelopment of the site, the data centre will in turn initially employ 90 high skilled jobs and will in the future become a hub for a business park which is the model that US data centres have evolved into. Tech companies prefer to locate adjacent to these data centres and therefore the potential for not only Arklow but the South Wicklow region is very exciting.”
“This development by Echelon is the beginning of a new era of industrial development and jobs for Arklow and I am delighted to have been of assistance in getting this project to this crucial state. I will continue to work closely with this company, the IDA and Wicklow County Council to ensure that this project proceeds into construction. Wicklow based employment is one of my main priorities and I am determined to see this project benefit jobs and commercial activity not just in Arklow but the entire South Wicklow region.”
- “over €500 million investment the biggest jobs investment in Wicklow” –
- Over 500 jobs in construction and roll out phase –