Speculation about major expansion at Intel in Leixlip with thousands of new jobs being mentioned

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Speculation about major expansion at Intel in Leixlip with thousands of new jobs being mentioned
11:03 Friday 11th of January 2019
Speculation is mounting that giant microchip manufacturer Intel is about to announce a major expansion at its plant in Leixlip.
The significant investment in a new facility could run into billions of euro over several years and involve up to 5,000 construction jobs initially and hundreds of new staff may be employed.
Intel has seen an increased demand for its products due to the booming gaming industry across the globe and a positive business climate in some overseas markets.
There are already around 4,000 people employed at the Leixlip plant, which was first established in 1989.

Intel currently has planning permission for a massive 90,000sq m facility adjacent to its existing site.

In December, the company announced plans to expand its global manufacturing capacity to meet increased demand for its microchips from new sectors such as gaming and Virtual Reality.

Intel has invested almost $14 billion dollars in Ireland since the late 1980s.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe was in the US this week meeting executives from Intel, according to the Irish Times.

On Monday, EirGrid, the operator of Ireland’s electricity transmission system, announced it was planning a significant upgrade to the network supplying power to Intel in Leixlip.

The project will involve the development of a new 220 kV electricity substation adjacent to the Intel plant and new circuits to the facility.

An upgrade of the Maynooth-Woodland 220 kV electricity line located to the north of the plant will also be required at a later point.

A public information day is being held in the Court Yard Hotel in Leixlip on January 23rd for anyone who would like more information on the project or who would like to provide feedback to the project team.

The new substation will connect to the existing Maynooth – Woodland 220 kV transmission line located to the north of the facility. This connection will be made either by a short, new overhead line or an underground cable.

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