Amazon Web Services (AWS) has reportedly entered into negotiations to purchase a former Ford engine plant in Bridgend, Wales.
According to Wales Online, a deal has not yet been reached – but AWS is keen to acquire the site due to its existing electricity connection to the National Grid, which will support the cloud giant’s ambitions to scale up its capacity in the UK.
The site, which ceased production for Ford in 2020, is being marketed by CBRE. It encompasses a 155,148 sqm plant that has “infrastructure in place for up to 60 MVA” located on 64 hectares of land. Located close to the M4, Cardiff Airport is also 16 miles to the south.
It is reported that the site already has a small amount of renewable infrastructure in place that could potentially be utilised by AWS, and that existing buildings would be demolished to make room for a new data centre development if a deal is made.
A spokesperson for Amazon told Wales Online: “We are unable to comment on rumour and speculation.”