Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been given the go-ahead for a $205 million data center project in Chile. The campus will be the first built by Amazon’s cloud platform in the South American country.

Construction work on the two-stage project in the Chilean capital Santiago will get underway in March after it was given the go-ahead by the SEA, Chile’s environmental review agency.

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– Sebastian Moss

Plans for the data center were first revealed in 2022. It will be built on a 18.7 hectare site in the city’s Padre Hurtado district, and comprise the data center buildings, as well as 12 diesel backup generators and low-water consumption air conditioning and cooling and fire control systems.

The first stage of the project will get underway in March, and will see a 4,630 sqm (49,835 sq ft) data center constructed. This is expected to be complete by April next year, and up and running a month later.

A second building, which will extend the data center space by 3,470 sqm (37,350 sq ft) is scheduled for 2028, according to BNAmericas.

The capacity of the new data center has not been disclosed, DCD has contacted AWS for comment.

The company has been considering a data center in Chile since at least 2017, and last January launched a Santiago local zone Edge location that can host applications that require low latency to reach end-users or on-premises installations.

It’s been a busy week of data center announcements for AWS, which yesterday revealed it is the company behind a $10 billion project to build a campus in the US state of Mississippi. Work on this facility, in Madison County, is expected to be complete by 2027.