Facebook halts work on US$750 million data centre

By Andy Brown01 April 2020

Data centre

An rendering of what the new data centre will look like

Social media goliath Facebook has halted construction on a new US$750 million data centre in Alabama, US, due to COVID-19.

On a post on Facebook about the project the company wrote that, “To help protect the health and safety of construction crews during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are significantly reducing construction activities at our site.”

The company also announced that, alongside the general contractor for the project, Mace, it has suspended construction on its massive expansion project at the company’s data centre campus in Clonee, Ireland.

The data centre in Clonee opened in 2018 but, due to high demand, the company last year announced it would double the campus by constructing two new data centres onsite.

Facebook said an “appreciation bonus” will be paid to the construction workers who were temporarily removed from the site, according to a report from RTE.

So called ‘hyperscale’ data centres are an emerging construction trend for the big technology companies of the world.

According to data from Synergy Research Group Hyperscale capex (capital expenditure) spending on data centres reached an historic high of over US$120 billion in 2019, peaking with a record-breaking fourth quarter of over US$32 billion.

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