Surbana Jurong clinches new projects in Myanmar

Surbana Jurong said yesterday that its industrial and infrastructure business has made big strides in Myanmar in the last 12 months.

The infrastructure consultancy firm has secured new projects in masterplanning, project management and engineering design, bringing its total number of projects in the fast-emerging nation to 40.

"Our recent wins in the industrial and infrastructure sectors underline our intention to go big in these sectors as Myanmar witnesses an economic and infrastructure boom," said Mr Teo Eng Cheong, chief executive of international operations, in a press release.

One of Surbana Jurong's biggest wins was the bid to provide masterplanning, infrastructure and port planning services for an industrial park and deep sea port in the western state of Rakhine. When completed, the proposed 1,900ha industrial park in the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone will house industrial clusters such as textile and garment, construction materials processing, food processing and marine supply. The deep sea port will facilitate Myanmar's trade with India, Africa, the Middle East and China.

The consortium comprising Surbana Jurong and its partner Citic Group, a Chinese state-owned investment firm, was picked from 10 bidders at the end of last year. Surbana Jurong also provided design and engineering consultancy services to the consortium developing Hanthawaddy International Airport. It was recently awarded a contract to design Myanmar's first underground pedestrian walkway in Yangon.

Mr Teo noted: "From two projects in April 2014 in Yangon, we are now actively involved in 40 projects across the states of Yangon, Bago, Mandalay, Rakhine, as well as Ayerwaddy division."

Surbana Jurong also named Mr Lee Leong Seng the new general manager of its Myanmar office, starting this month. He had previously worked for CapitaLand and UOL. He succeeds Mr Gareth Wong, who will be senior vice-president in the chairman's office in Surbana Jurong's headquarters in Singapore.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2016, with the headline 'Surbana Jurong clinches new projects in Myanmar'. Print Edition | Subscribe