In December 2018, we shared that we were in the early planning phase for manufacturing site expansions in Ireland, Oregon, and Israel, with multiyear construction activities beginning in 2019.
At the beginning of 2019, early excavation work began at the Leixlip site with rock spoil being transferred to a disused quarry site in Huntstown where it can be reclaimed for land use. This excavation work continued throughout 2019 and the main excavation is now completed.
Another activity that was undertaken in this early phase of the construction was the installation of a pile wall that was built to retain, and protect, existing structures on-site during the construction activity. Additionally, foundation pads were constructed and, in the later part of 2019, concrete pours at the site began as we started to construct the likes of exterior walls.
In 2019, we also began the construction of a new multistorey parking structure at the campus that was completed by late summer 2019.
Another key activity that took place in 2019 was the realignment of the R148 roadway that took place to minimise impact of ongoing construction activity. The realigned R148 roadway opened in November 2019 and takes traffic for a short distance on a new alternate route that runs close to the existing R148 roadway. The alternate route is only in effect in the area to the front of the Intel campus and will ensure that the impact of ongoing construction activity is minimised. The opening of the realigned road included several features such as an upgraded traffic lights system with smart technology and cycle and walkways on both sides.
Throughout 2020 work continued on the construction project and in early 2021 we shared that $7 billion dollars have been invested in the construction project so far and that it’s a planned location for the production of the latest generation Intel 4 technology. Construction activity is well advanced and tool installation will begin by the end of 2021. The project creates 1,600 full time, hi-tech roles once complete and will involve 6,000 construction workers at its peak.