Facebook said it will invest $1bn in its first Asia data centre in Singapore to support its growth in the region.

The social network said in a statement on Thursday that the 170,000 square metre data centre, in which it is investing more than S$1.4bn, will be its first custom-built data centre in Asia. The 11-storey building has been designed to minimise the use of water and electricity, the company said.

Facebook said it expects the data centre to be “100 per cent powered by renewable energy” and that it was “working to increase the development of new solar resources in Singapore”.

In August Google said it would open a third data centre in Singapore to keep pace with demand, taking its investment in data centres in the city state to $850m.

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