Facebook to build $250m data centre in New Mexico

WCN Editorial Team 20 Jul 2017 NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS

Facebook is set to build a new high-tech data centre in New Mexico, US with an investment of approximately $250m.

The social media giant said that it will construct a second building of 460,000 sq ft, in addition to the more than 510,000 sq ft facility already underway in Los Lunas.

The new facility will feature OCP server, storage and network designs. It will also be powered with 100% clean and renewable energy. The data centre is touted to be one of the most advanced and energy efficient data centre facilities in the world.

The latest announcement doubles Facebook’s total investment in the New Mexico data centre to $500m and has the potential to support more than 100 full-time operational jobs.

During the construction phase, the project will support minimum 150 jobs and maximum 1,000 workers onsite at the peak of construction work.

New Mexico governor Susana Martinez said: “This is exciting news for New Mexico. We’re proud to have a cutting-edge high-tech company like Facebook as a partner as we move forward in diversifying New Mexico’s economy.

“New Mexico’s powerful incentives are bringing more opportunities to our state – once again ahead of schedule with more jobs and investment than initially anticipated. Results like these show the power of our commitment to lift up our communities.”

Facebook vice president of infrastructure Tom Furlong said: “We're thrilled to be expanding our presence in the State of New Mexico and the Village of Los Lunas, and we’re grateful to Governor Martinez for her ongoing support.

“We continue to find a strong pool of talent to build our data centre, and we’re excited that construction crews will be working on the site for years to come.”

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