(SINGAPORE): Facebook is joining the likes of other technology giants to build data centres in Singapore.

The social media giant is building a $1.4 billion 11-storey-high data centre here, its first in Asia and 15th in the world.

Google has invested at least US$850 million ($1.16 billion) to build two data centres in Singapore. Alibaba also has data centres here, which it started building in 2015.

Facebook’s 170,000 sqm facility will likely turn operational in phases, starting in 2022, and would support hundreds of jobs.

Located in Tanjong Kling, the data centre will be the first to use the StatePoint Liquid Cooling system, which can reduce the amount of peak water used by 20%.

The data centre will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

Compared to traditional data centres, Facebook’s new data centre in the US consumes 38% less energy and 80% less water.

Facebook says the Economic Development Board of Singapore and JTC helped facilitate the project. And it has chosen Singapore for its business-friendly environment.

Trade and industry minister Chan Chun Sing, who was at the launch event, said the project helps break new ground in land utilisation and energy consumption.

EDB’s assistant managing director Kiren Kumar says that the agency works closely with tech leaders over the long term and engage them on specific projects when the opportunities come by.

“We selectively work with leaders like Facebook who have the capacity to innovative with us, not just in data centres, but [we want to position Singapore] as a good platform for the tech sector to grow,” he says.

US-headquartered Fortis Construction is the general contractor of the project.