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‘Hundreds of jobs’ available at Facebook’s S$1.4 billion facility in Singapore slated to open in 2022

SINGAPORE — Singaporeans can look forward to “hundreds of jobs” at Facebook’s first custom-built data centre in Asia when it opens its doors in the Republic in 2022.

‘Hundreds of jobs’ available at Facebook’s S$1.4 billion facility in Singapore slated to open in 2022

The S$1.4 billion data centre — the company’s 15th worldwide — will be located in Tanjong Kling (formerly known as Data Centre Park) in the western region of Singapore.

SINGAPORE — Singaporeans can look forward to “hundreds of jobs” at Facebook’s first custom-built data centre in Asia when it opens its doors in the Republic in 2022.

Among the roles available include electricians, air conditioning and heating specialists as well as culinary, technical operations, cleaning, logistics and security personnel. Some of the roles have been listed on the company’s careers page, with more expected to be published in the coming weeks.

The S$1.4 billion data centre — the company’s 15th worldwide — will be located in Tanjong Kling (formerly known as Data Centre Park) in the western region of Singapore.

In a press release on Thursday (Sept 6), the social media giant said that the 170,000 sqm space will form part of the company’s “growing presence in Singapore and across Asia”.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the project, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said it helps Singapore to enhance its connectivity beyond the physical dimensions of air, land and sea, to include non-physical dimensions of talent, ideas and technology.

“Such investments, not just from Facebook alone, but also from many other players in similar fields, will help us transcend our geography and size,” said Mr Chan.

 

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The facility is expected to be completed by late 2022.

Facebook said Fortis Construction has been selected as a general contractor for the project due to its joint experience in building efficient data centres.

FACEBOOK SAID SINGAPORE WAS CHOSEN FOR ITS:

  • Robust infrastructure, access to fiber network, and talented local workforce;

  • Great set of “community partners”, including government agencies such as the Economic Development Board and the Jurong Town Corporation, which have helped Facebook move the project forward;

  • Business-friendly environment, which included measures supporting the enforcement of contracts and increasing the ease of construction permitting.

SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE NEW FACILITY:

  • The 11-storey building will be the first to incorporate the new StatePoint Liquid Cooling system, which minimises water and power consumption. Tests have shown that it can reduce the amount of groundwater used by 20 per cent in climates like Singapore’s.

  • The facility will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, with Facebook working to increase the development of new solar resources in Singapore.

  • The building façade is made out of a perforated lightweight material, which allows air flow and provides glimpses of the state-of-the-art mechanical equipment inside.

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