Facebook is set to establish the first custom-built, $1bn data centre in Asia in Singapore as part of the social media company’s plan to expand in the continent.
The 170,000m² data centre is expected to support hundreds of jobs.
In a statement, Facebook said that it selected Singapore due to its robust infrastructure and access to fibre, talented workforce, and community partners, including the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Jurong Town Corporation, which helped the company to move the project forward.
It said that Singapore has also established business-friendly policies, including measures that support the enforcement of contracts and increase the ease of construction permitting.
Facebook said that the Singapore Data Center, which will join the company’s portfolio of hyper-efficient facilities, has been designed from the ground up with new features to minimise the use of water, energy and land.
The Singapore facility will be the first to feature the new StatePoint Liquid Cooling system, which minimises water and power consumption and reduce the amount of peak water used by 20% in climates such as Singapore’s.
Facebook said that it is working to increase the development of new solar resources in Singapore, as it expects the Singapore facility to be powered by renewable energy similar to other data centres.
With an annual power usage effectiveness of 1.19, where almost every watt will be used to run the computing equipment, the Singapore data centre is expected to be a leader in energy efficiency when compared with other facilities in the region.
The company has developed an 11-storey building design tailored to Singapore to conserve space. The building façade will be constructed with a perforated lightweight material that allows airflow and provides glimpses of the modern mechanical equipment inside.
Facebook has selected Fortis Construction as general contractor for the Singapore data centre. Fortis has previously built efficient data centres for Facebook.