Facebook said on Thursday, Sept 6, it will build its first data centre in Asia in Singapore, investing more than $1 billion SGD.

Facebook Data Centre

To be located in Tanjong Kling (formerly known as Data Center Park), it will support “hundreds of jobs” and form part of Facebook’s growing presence in Singapore and the region, the company said.

The data centre targets to start operations in 2022, after which construction will continue for a few years.

“This will be our first data center in Asia,” said Thomas Furlong, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure data centers.  Singapore… provides great infrastructure, talent pool and workforce and a great set of partners.”

According to Mr Furlong, Facebook has some 1,000 employees in Singapore, and boasts programmes that help local start-ups grow their businesses and promote media literacy.

Facebook’s new data centre in Singapore is said to be the first to incorporate the new StatePoint Liquid Cooling system, a technology that minimises water and power consumption, and reduce by 20 per cent the amount of peak water used in climates like Singapore’s.