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Alibaba visits Ireland in possible €7bn data centre spend

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News: Alibaba has reportedly sent scouts to Ireland.

Alibaba is reportedly looking into setting up a data centre in Dublin, Ireland

According to the Irish Independent, representatives from the company were in Dublin last month to identify possible locations for a data centre, looking at both city sites for smaller installations and Greenfield sites for larger installations .

Currently boasting 15 colocation data centres, Dublin is noticeably a popular location for the growing data centre industry.

It was reported last year that Alibaba would invest €1bn in data centres, with the move to Ireland a potential play to challange rivals AWS, Google and Microsoft - all of which have invested a collective £2bn in data centres in West Dublin.

A spokeswoman for Eirgrid, the state-owned company that manages Ireland s power grid said, told the Irish Independent: There is approximately 550MW of data centres with either contracted capacity for connection to the power grid or engaging with us on the connection offer process.

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