Google Invests US$5  Billion in Singapore with New Data Centre 

Google has increased its investment in Singapore to US$ 5 billion and completed its fourth data centre in the country. This latest investment raised Google’s total infrastructure spending in Singapore to US billion, up from US$850 million in 2022 when the third data centre was launched. 

The announcement was made on June 3 at an event held at Google’s office in Mapletree Business City II in Pasir Panjang. Over 500 people are employed in Google data centres in Singapore, which support popular services like Google Search and Google Maps. 

While the specifications of the new data centre were not provided, it is located in Jurong West, where Google’s other Singapore data centres are situated. This new facility is part of Google’s broader strategy, which also includes a recent announcement of a US$2 billion investment in Malaysia for its first data centre there. 

Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, Janil Puthucheary, said that they need more data centres to support advanced technological needs, including artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems. He highlighted the importance of sustainability in this growth, referencing Singapore’s Green Data Centre Roadmap launched on May 30 by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat at the Asia Tech x Singapore event. This roadmap plans to add 300MW of data centre capacity, with an additional 200MW reserved for operators using green energy. 

Google’s data centres in Singapore are designed with sustainability features, utilizing efficient resource management and cooling methods. For example, they maintain an average temperature of 27°C to reduce energy consumption. Recycled water is used for cooling, cutting carbon emissions by 10% and minimizing water usage. Additionally, Google employs optical circuit switches for networking, which use light instead of electricity, reducing energy consumption by up to 40%. 

“Our experience is that by working together with the ecosystem, using human ingenuity and technological innovation, data centres can grow sustainably to meet the needs of AI, even here at the equator,” said Mr Ken Siah, the Asia-Pacific head of public affairs for Google data centres. 

As Google expands its data centre footprint, the demand for IT professionals to manage and maintain these facilities will likely grow. This could lead to more job openings in data centre operations, network engineering, and cloud computing. Consequently, IT training centres may tailor their programs to the specific skills sought by Google and similar companies, making graduates more competitive in the job market and ready for these opportunities. 

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