China has planned to build the world’s first salt lake data center to serve domestic resource planning and provide technical support to other countries.

According to reports, the data center would be built by Northwest China’s Qinghai Province.

The first phase of the construction is scheduled to commence in 2016 and would be complete in 2018. It would adopt big data and cloud-computing technology to process data about salt lakes, she said.

The center in Xining, the provincial capital, will take eight years to complete with a total investment of 90 million yuan (14 million U.S. dollars), said Wang Jianping, head of the project under the Salt Lakes Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The center will also launch a website for salt lake tourism.

“The national data center will lay a foundation for important breakthroughs in salt lake research,” Wang had reportedly said.