MULTINATIONAL tech company Intel filed a new application with Kildare County Council last week to extend building plans for a €7billion manufacturing plant in Leixlip.
The tech company has applied to build a major new chip manufacturing facility that could create an extra 1,600 extra staff positions and 800 full time positions along with 3,000 construction jobs. If it gets the go ahead it will be one of the largest corporate investments in the history of the state. The company already employs 4,500 people at their Leixlip campus.
Late last year they were granted permission for 90,000 square metre facility at Collinstown Industrial Park but this latest appliaction is for an additional 110,000sq metre development which Intel plans to tack on to the already approved facility.
As part of the development the company says it would install 400 extra bicycle parking spaces and build a multi-storey carpark, for which it has planning permission, to accommodate almost 600 vehicles.
To address traffic concerns, it has told planners it would set up a new shuttlebus service to take staff to the campus from the nearby towns of Celbridge, Leixlip, Maynooth and Lucan.
An environmental impact assessment report says Intel would have to remove 275m of protected hedgerows to accommodate the build, as well as almost 2.5 hectares of woodland.
To compensate, Intel says it would plant about 6,000 trees and 12,000 shrubs elsewhere on the campus.
The scheme also includes eight huge water tanks, a 48m tower, and a support building with generators and waste water treatment facilities.
Intel headquarters signalled in December that it was gearing up to expand its Irish operation, which often competes with the firm’s Israeli business for investment.