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Facebook to build $1bn data centre in Singapore

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The social media giant has picked Singapore for the location of its first data centre in the Far East, announcing plans to invest $1bn in the custom-built facility.

Located in Tanjong Kling in the west of the country, the project aims to support hundreds of jobs and add to Facebook's growing presence in Singapore and the region, the social networking company announced on Thursday.

To deal with the nation’s high population density, it will offer 170,000 sq. metres of floor space and has been designed as an 11-floor structure, to conserve land use.

Facebook also announced how the facility will be powered by renewable energy, incorporating a liquid cooling technology that will minimise water and power consumption.

Google, which last month announced plans for its third Singapore data centre, has cited similar advantages for building the huge facilities there, describing how Singapore is well situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, one of the fastest growing internet markets in the world.

“In the past three years, more than 70 million people in Southeast Asia have gotten online for the first time, bringing the region's total to more than 330 million - that’s more than the population of the United States,” a Google spokesperson said. 

Singaporean Trade Minister Chan Chun Sing said the social media giant's decision to locate its first Asia data centre in Singapore is a significant milestone for the country. 

He said: “The company's presence here speaks to how Singapore is increasingly connected to the world beyond the traditional modes of air, land and sea. It would facilitate the flow of talent, ideas and creativity into the country.

“The new facility will also strengthen the country's role in data storage, which would augment its other strengths in data protection, intellectual property, data security and data analytics,” Mr Chan added.

Fortis Construction has been appointed the general contractor for the project, a result of a joint experience building efficient data centres, said Facebook.

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