Taiwan-based chipmaker TSMC has received the green light to build what is said to be the world’s first 3-nanometer manufacturing plant.

TSMC, currently the world’s largest contract semiconductor manufacturing firm, has been cleared to begin the construction of the new chip factory at the Southern Taiwan Science Park in Tainan, according to Taiwan News report.

The new factory passed the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)’s environmental impact assessment on Wednesday. There had been concerns about the factory using up an excessive amount of water and power sources. The chipmaker previously promised that the new fab would use 20% renewable energy and 50% recycled water.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.