Dublin: Data center proposal for SDC Piperstown in Dublin, Ireland, pulled

Apr 30, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

The Dublin, Ireland, two-story data center developing application has been retracted.  SDC Piperstown II Ltd submitted a request to Fingal County Council on January 17, 2023, for permission to build a data center on a 20-acre site in Piperstown, Dublin. But this has since been dropped, for no clear explanation.  The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A building was envisioned on property in Piperstown, Dublin 11, north of Bay Lane. The application was met with a number of objections, including one from Social Democrat TD Róisn Shortall, who claimed that more data centers could not be supported by the "antiquated electricity grid."

John Conway and the Louth Environmental Group filed additional objections on their behalf, arguing that the applicant neglected to notify the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities and reiterating their worries that the development would not adhere to climate action obligations. The application suggested demolishing any existing buildings on the property, including a house and outbuildings, and then erecting a two-story data center structure with a gross floor area (GFA) of 328,580 square feet. The business also suggested developing an energy center with a GFA of 84,324 square feet to house generators. In the future, the energy center might function as a grid-peaking plant, according to the application. Due to the de facto moratorium in Dublin, the proposal did not propose connecting the data center to the grid until EirGrid had declared it would accept new data center connections, which was not anticipated until 2028.