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UPDATE: Nautilus Data Technologies floating Limerick centre begins construction 

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Nautilus Data Technologies –  €35 million Nautilus Data Technologies centre located at Limerick’s Ted Russell Docks is ready to begin construction.

UPDATE: Nautilus Data Technologies floating Limerick centre begins construction 

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

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The data centre is set to float in a barge on the River Shannon. It will look similar to the structure pictured above.

A €35 million Nautilus Data Technologies centre is set to be built at Limerick’s Ted Russell Dock in the near future, following approval more than two years ago.

Innovative data centre developer Nautilus hopes to anchor the facility within 18 months.

Due to Covid-19, plans for the floating data centre were delayed. The company’s Chief Technology Officer, Patrick Quirk, ensures that construction plans are now firmly back in place.  

The data centre will float in a barge on the River Shannon, in the place of a former electrical substation. The size of the barge has been reduced, in order to preserve views of the river.

Nautilus has already hired 15 people to work on the site and will fill a total of 100 construction jobs. Once completed, the data centre will create 25 permanent jobs.

Once the floating data centre is completed, Nautilus Data Technologies hope to build a second facility in the Midwest region.

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Nautilus Data Technologies, an innovative data centre developer, together with Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), have said that they look forward to progressing Europe’s first water-cooled data centre at Limerick’s Ted Russel Dock following the withdrawal of An Bord Pleanála appeal on the project. 

The appeal was lodged by the Limerick Docks Port Users’ Group after the granting of planning permission for the innovative facility by Limerick City and County Council.  However, the appeal has been withdrawn following successful engagement between the port users, SFPC staff and Nautilus management. 

James L. Connaughton, President and CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies, said, “We had very constructive and substantive conversations with representatives of the Port Users Group and Shannon Foynes Port Company and are glad that we could come to a common understanding that Nautilus’ data centre facility will help underpin the long-term viability of the already thriving docks and make a positive contribution to all of the other activity there.

“We now look forward to moving ahead with this project in a spirit of partnership with all of the local stakeholders as well as national government and business interests because the new green digital infrastructure that our project will provide is not only locally and regionally valuable but also of considerable national significance,” he added. 

Patrick Keating, CEO of SFPC, said, “I want to thank both Jim Connaughton and his team at Nautilus, as well as the Port Users Group for their commitment and time over recent months to getting us to this juncture.  It was clear from the off that all involved in these conversations are ultimately vested in the development of the Ted Russell Docks as a working port, which made arriving at a successful outcome much easier.

“This is a positive outcome for Nautilus, for the port company, for port users and, moreover, for Limerick and the wider region. This ‘floating’ data centre will trigger significant international interest in Limerick as a cutting-edge and more environmentally sustainable digital ecosystem. It will create high-value jobs, contribute to the long-term vitality of the docklands and its user community and attract a broad array of ICT-driven business activity to Limerick and the wider region,” he added.

Liam Woulfe Chairman of the Port Users Group said, “Following our conversations with Nautilus and SPFC, we are fully assured that the facility will be complementary to existing port activity.  Limerick is a city on the up and this investment is indicative of that.  It will undoubtedly put Limerick even more on the map as an international technology crossroads and we look forward to benefiting this will bring for the docks, the city and the region.”

Nautilus data centres use a patented cooling technology that is substantially more energy, water and resource-efficient than traditional data centres, delivering significant cost savings alongside substantial environmental benefits. 

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