DUBLIN, Ireland: Chinese-owned social media company TikTok, seeking to develop a data center in Ireland, twice wrote to the Irish government seeking a meeting to discuss the level of security of the country’s energy supplies.
The letters seeking meetings were sent from TikTok to officials in Ireland’s Department of Communications.
The first letter was sent in June from staff in TikTok’s Irish office, requesting to meet to discuss Ireland’s energy security and the social media company’s “growth plans.”
The letter was sent by Susan Moss, head of public policy for TikTok in Ireland, who wrote to officials again in July repeating the request to meet as “a matter of urgency,” according to emails later released under the Freedom of Information Act.
During the proposed meeting, TikTok said it hoped to discuss “energy security in the context of gas supply and gas as a backup in data center operations,” she wrote. Tim Tok also wanted to discuss the Commission for Regulation of Utilities guidance for new data centers, following concerns over the large amounts of energy used by the centers.
Apparently, a meeting was held between TikTok and the Irish government on July 21st.
Meanwhile, TikTok has signed a lease on a six-story riverfront office building in Dublin’s Docklands.
In June this year Taoiseach Micheal Martin was told that TikTok is to hire an additional 1,000 workers.
The news was shared with the Taoiseach and IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan at a meeting with TikTok CEO Shouzi Chew and senior company leaders on 10 June 2022.
Earlier, TikTok said it would add 1,000 new jobs in Ireland, bringing its total employees to 3,000.
TikTok is also building a data center in Dublin, which is expected to open next year.
Of note, Amazon.com has also sought to meet with Irish officials to discuss the energy needed to operate its facilities in Ireland.
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