THE first tidal-powered data centre in the world could be set up in Caithness in the next five years and give a major economic boost to the county. The development, proposed by Simec Atlantis Energy Ltd – the company behind the MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth – is estimated to cost about £200 million and is expected to be operational by 2024. The data centre – a base for computer, telecommunications and storage systems – would be connected to international subsea fibre optic cables, offering a fast and reliable connection to London, Europe and the USA. Forty of the largest turbines the company has ever built would be needed for the venture with 120 staff needed to maintain them. The power for the centre would be supplied from the MeyGen tidal turbines.
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