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Facebook is putting a $1bn data centre in Singapore

Facebook is putting a $1bn data centre in Singapore

Facebook has made plans to build a data centre in west Singapore. 

According to design plans, the $1bn (£773m) building will have 11 floors, to maximise space without needing more land. Facebook says this is to "conserve space in the crowded nation."

The social media giant also hopes to provide "hundreds" of new jobs to people in the area, further growing Facebook's influence in Asia.

"We selected Singapore for a number of reasons, including robust infrastructure and access to fiber, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners, including the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Jurong Town Corporation, both of which have helped us move this project forward," Facebook wrote in a post.

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The building will also be fuelled by 100 per cent renewable energy according to Facebook. This includes a liquid cooling system that will reduce water and power output. It'll also be the first Facebook office to feature a StatePoint Liquid Cooling System.

"This technology minimizes water and power consumption and, according to our testing, can reduce the amount of peak water used by 20 percent in climates like Singapore’s." Facebook added.

While Singapore may seem like a great fit for a Facebook office, others have suggested the location might not be the best choice.

Tech blogger Pankaj Mishra accused Twitter of 'snubbing' India, one of its largest markets.


Editor

Danielle Partis is editor of PocketGamer.biz and former editor of InfluencerUpdate.biz. She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.

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