Intel wants to put 7 billion euros in Irish chip factory




Intel is willing to invest 7 billion euros in an extension of its campus in the Irish Leixlip in the county of Kildare. The investment includes an expansion of its chip plant and an increase of 1600 jobs at the site.

Intel has applied to the authorities of Kildare County to use 110,000 square meters for buildings. The plans are an extension to the existing application from 2017, when it was 90,000 square meters. 3.5 billion euros were involved in these plans. According to the 2017 planning, construction would create three thousand jobs and the final facility would provide 800 full-time jobs.

With the expansion, another three thousand jobs can be added to the construction and after completion, 800 additional Intel staff can start working, writes the Irish Times . The construction would take about four years.

The plans include the expansion of parking spaces for cars and bicycles, the construction of a 48-meter-high tower, the installation of generators and a water treatment plant, and the installation of eight large water tanks. Intel is already one of the largest users of water in the region. That consumption will increase by another 50 percent. Intel also wants to operate shuttle buses between its campus and the nearby cities of Celbridge, Leixlip, Maynooth and Lucan.

Detail about the chip factory that Intel wants to build is still unknown. The message follows news from the end of January about an investment of 9.5 billion euros for the expansion of its factory in the Israeli industrial city of Kirjat Gat and an expansion of its plant in Oregon, which would provide 1,750 new jobs. Probably the investments are related to the transfer of machines for immersion lithography for the production of chips to euv machines, which Intel needs for its 7nm production and subsequent nodes.

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