Google earmarks $100 million plus for Hong Kong data center

has acquired 2.7 hectares of land in Kowloon, Hong Kong for building a data center, the company said Wednesday.

Declining to reveal the exact location in , a Google spokesperson said the firm expects to inject more than US$100 million into the project. "We estimate the amount'd cover the cost of land, construction, and technical equipment, though it could change due to location constraints and final design details," the spokesperson noted.

The company added that it's still working with local partners and the government to finalize plans and thus no announcement on specific timeline of the project. "But once construction begins, this facility will be operational within one to two years," the spokesperson said. "Google'd need five to 20 full-time staffers to work at the facility when it's live, along with a small number of part-time and full-time contractors, in roles like computer technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, and catering and security."