Apple could be planning for a large-scale data centre in Prineville, located in central Oregon, US.

According to SFGate, Apple has submitted the master plan for the facility to Prineville. It is said to depict two buildings with over 500,000 square feet of what has been described as “data halls”. 

This proposed data centre is only a stone’s throw away from the 10,000-square-foot data centre that Apple is already building on the property it bought in Prineville, back in February. Coincidentally, the Facebook data centre is located in Prineville as well.

The new Apple facility is predicted to span over 107 acres, consisting of office space, loading docks and parking lots. The proposed Prineville property is 160 acres.

The decision to build a data centre in Prineville comes after a push by major tech companies to develop data storage by making use of the region’s relatively cheap electrical supplies, reports SFGate.

Part of Apple’s plan is to help increase the capacity of the city’s water system. Prineville City Manager, Steve Forrester said, “It will give them the water they need, and it gives us more capacity than they are consuming. It strengthens our core system."

It is not known when Apple will start building but the development will bring about hundreds of construction jobs to the area. The county has a population of 9,000 with an unemployment rate of 12.8 percent.