Taipei: Facebook Inc is evaluating the possibility of investing T$10 billion ($300 million) to build its first data centre in the Asia-Pacific region in Taiwan, joining Google, an official said on Wednesday.
The centre would require 6 acres (2.43 hectares) of land, with the possibility to expand to 20 acres in the future, according to Magistrate Wei Ming-ku of Changhua County in central Taiwan.
"We`ve made all-out efforts to ensure sufficient supply of water and electricity ... We hope they will come," Wei said.
Google has built a data centre in Changhua County, partly in hopes of tapping fast-growing Asian markets.
Facebook, the world`s largest online social media network, said no decision had been made.
"As a global company working to connect billions of people around the world, we are always evaluating potential sites for new data centres, but we don`t have anything to announce at this time," a Facebook spokeswoman said in an email.
It would be Facebook`s first data centre in Asia, following four others in the United States and one in Sweden, Taiwanese media reported.