Data centres do not need many people to run them. Power Stations are all automated.
The maximum number of jobs during construction could be 100-150 and at the meeting on Monday 28 April, the CB Richard Ellis spokesman, Tony Adams, admitted employment would be minimal with an estimate of about 5 - 50 people at the most.
The hundreds of car parking spaces set aside in the plan, are apparently for, again according to Carston Larson the ActewAGL project manager “if there is a disaster”. He was, we believe, referring to a disaster off site and presumably he would then expect hundreds of people to flood into the data centre to protect their data ruined from off site.
We find this difficult to believe as other data centres do not hold that many car parking spaces and we do not see the purpose of concreting and maintaining a car park of this considerable size for the rare chance that people will need to access the data centre all at the same time.
We believe the car parking spaces may be allocated now and will be used later to expand the Power Station size and increase the profit for ActewAGL.
- The vast majority of this $1 billion construction could be given to an out of state construction company (big enough to handle it).
- The gas is from out of state.
- The power is no longer part of a "state significant" project.
- The profit will go into a private company.
- The power station and data centre will employ minimal people.