Surbana Jurong to develop strategic plan for Mexico’s interoceanic corridor and master plan two economic development areas

SJ Mexico Interoceanic Corridor
Surbana Jurong CEO International, Teo Eng Cheong (far left), and representatives from Mexico’s state governments of Veracruz and Oaxaca, after signing the agreement

Singapore, 18 April 2019 – Surbana Jurong, a global urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firm based in Asia, will be developing a strategic plan for the Interoceanic Corridor and master planning two economic development areas in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca in Mexico. The project was awarded by Mexico’s state government of Veracruz and Oaxaca, marking a significant milestone as Surbana Jurong continues to expand its presence in the North American market.

The Interoceanic Corridor is 40km wide and 300km long and it will connect the port of Salinas Cruz on the Pacific coast to the port of Coatzacoalcos on the Atlantic. Strategically located with direct maritime links to China’s Belt and Road Initiative’s Eastern Asian terminal point and Western Europe end, the corridor will broaden market opportunities and drive economic growth for the southern states of Mexico by facilitating international trade and investment.

Surbana Jurong’s scope of work will include a detailed review of the Interoceanic Corridor, including its broad socio-economic benefits to the region and potential growth industrial clusters. The strategic plan will comprise recommendations on market positioning and development directions to facilitate potential growth opportunities in jobs and industry sectors. It will also include proposals for utilities and services infrastructure development, and zoning plans to identify land use distribution along the corridor.

In addition, Surbana Jurong will develop the master plan for two economic development areas within the Interoceanic Corridor in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca. The master plan will guide the physical development of the two industrial sites through planning of land use, infrastructure, utilities and transportation. It seeks to lay the foundations for economic growth, create a conducive environment for investment and provide a quality living environment for the people that live and work in it.

Enterprise Singapore facilitated this partnership between Surbana Jurong and the Mexican government, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mexico in 2016 (by then-IE Singapore). The MOU serves to help Singapore companies access opportunities in Mexico, in the areas of infrastructure and connectivity.

Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong said, “We are privileged to be appointed as master planners for the Interoceanic Corridor project. Surbana Jurong has a strong track record, having delivered master plans for projects in over 30 countries and are pleased to contribute our expertise towards Mexico’s development success. The economic benefits from the development of the Interoceanic Corridor are far reaching and we look forward to working closely with the Federal Authority for the development of Special Economic Zones of Mexico and the state governments of Veracruz and Oaxaca to unlock the region’s potential.”

“We are pleased to see the partnership continue to make progress since we started this conversation a few years ago. The strong commitment and joint efforts from all parties have culminated in this milestone venture to bring Singapore’s economic development capabilities to Mexico. Enterprise Singapore will continue to support Singapore companies in their internationalisation journey, by connecting them to business networks and opportunities abroad,” said Mr Khor Aik Lam, Regional Group Director (Latin America) of Enterprise Singapore.

About Surbana Jurong Private Limited

Surbana Jurong is one of the largest Asia-based urban and infrastructure consulting firms. Leveraging technology and creativity, Surbana Jurong provides best-in-class consultancy solutions across the entire value chain of the urbanisation and infrastructure domains.

Headquartered in Singapore, the Surbana Jurong Group has a global workforce of over 14,500 employees in more than 130 offices across over 40 countries in Asia, Australia, UK, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and an annual turnover of around S$1.5 billion. The Surbana Jurong Group of companies include SMEC and Robert Bird Group in Australia, Sino-Sun in China, AETOS, KTP, SAA in Singapore and B+H in Canada.

Surbana Jurong has a track record of close to 70 years, and has built more than a million homes in Singapore, crafted master plans for more than 30 countries and developed over 100 industrial parks globally.

Surbana Jurong’s motto ‘Building Cities, Shaping Lives’ reflects its belief that development is more than just steel and concrete. Surbana Jurong creates spaces and designs infrastructure where people live, work and play, shaping cities into homes with sustainable jobs where communities and businesses can flourish.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Surbana Jurong

Melissa Ho
Manager, Group Communications & Branding
T: +65 6839-8290 M: +65 9685-8001 E:

– End –

Vision plan for Maharashtra’s Orange Smart City completed

Artist impression of Maharashtra Orange Smart City
An artist’s impression of the futuristic-looking city, to rise from a greenfield outside the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Surbana Jurong’s India team has reached a major milestone with the completion of the vision plan for the Orange Smart City project in Maharashtra, India.

Orange Smart City is a 1,000-acre greenfield smart city development on the outskirts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. This smart city project’s strategic location and excellent connectivity make it an ideal destination for investments, innovation, tourism and living. The development has a target population of 300,000 and is set to create 100,000 jobs. The site is separated into four parcels of land connected by proposed elevated corridors.

Orange Smart City Maharashtra India

In developing the vision plan, the team has continuously innovated through stakeholder surveys, feedback and an extensive study of existing parks. Many factors including land allotment, urban design guidelines and sustainability standards have been considered to ensure that the execution, operation and maintenance of the Orange Smart City project will proceed in line with the vision.

Surbana Jurong hands over DCR for Colombo Port City project in Sri Lanka

colombo port city DCR master plan design concept Sri Lanka
The event in Colombo where the port city’s Development Control Regulations were presented to the Sri Lankan authorities.

There was no mistaking the sense of occasion that filled the air in The Kingsbury Hotel that April evening in Colombo. Representatives from Sri Lanka’s government agencies and prospective investors were among the many guests who witnessed the presentation of the Letter of Approval for the Development Control Regulations (DCR) of the Colombo Port City Development Project to the Sri Lankan authorities.

Port City Colombo is an upcoming city development built as an extension of the existing Colombo CBD. Spanning 269 hectares, it is a sea reclamation project that the authorities have earmarked to be “the hub of South Asia”, with numerous Grade A offices, medical and educational facilities, resorts and hotels, a marina and other lifestyle amenities planned. The title of the evening’s presentation, The Road To Prosperity, summed up their ambitions.

The DCR regulates the types of uses, development intensity, building conditions, utility and landscape requirements, and sustainability requirements on any plot. As such, it serves as an effective planning tool to guide development in a logical and orderly fashion.

“The DCR will benchmark standards for the rest of the country,” said the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka, whom the project comes under. The DCR was prepared by Surbana Jurong and Atkins Acuity, a UK-based engineering consultancy. China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), whose parent company is China Communications Construction Company, is the investment company behind Colombo Port City.

This project is another feather in the cap for Surbana Jurong’s Planning Group, which has been making steady strides in Sri Lanka, having developed the master plans for the Trincomalee Metro Area and Western Region Megapolis, and the urban design of Colombo Port City.

Gongqing win for Surbana Jurong in China

Myanmar infrastructure forum
Surbana Jurong and Sino-Sun, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, are collaborating on the master planning and architectural design of the township in Jiangxi, China.

Gongqing town was a country town brimming with potential. Situated close to Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, it was re-zoned for urban development, and recently, Surbana Jurong and Sino-Sun, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, jointly embarked on architectural design for the township, fulfilling the local government’s wish to create an integrated, mixed-use development there.

Last year, the team won the project to conduct the master planning for the 48ha greenfield project there, with a total GFA estimated at 1.2 million sqm. The plan revolves around a 3km-long looped garden that winds through high- and low-rise residential blocks, commercial buildings, an international school, and healthcare and recreational facilities.

By linking the sub-plots and functions together with this green pathway, a “walkable” and vibrant town is born. Jiangxi province, in southeast China, is also home to the Jiujiang port city and Jingdezhen, China’s famous home of porcelain-making.

The project is expected to be completed in Q3 2019.

Surbana Jurong breaks through in Yangon region and Mon State

Surbana Jurong has been making steady inroads into Myanmar, with project wins that demonstrate its wide-ranging capabilities from master planning and infrastructure design to coastal engineering.

Breakthrough achievements include:

  1. First jetty design project in Thilawa, 14km southeast of Yangon
  2. Master-planning project in southern Myanmar’s Mon State, the 12th largest state in the country
  3. Infrastructure design work for a 17.6-acre mixed-use development in the Dagon Seikkan Township
  4. Engineering design services for the existing Yangon-Mandalay highway.

1. Thilawa jetty design

The SJ Myanmar team has won its first jetty design project in Thilawa, located 14km southeast of Yangon. The team was appointed as the engineering design consultant for the construction of a new 200m jetty platform with trestle for Denko Trading, which runs gas stations across the country. The win was attributed to the perseverance of Myanmar’s Business Development team as well as exceptional support and expertise from Singapore’s Coastal Engineering team.

Considering Myanmar’s extensive river network system, this success is expected to widen opportunities for the team in the Marine and Coastal Engineering sector.

jetty design project in thilawa
Aerial view of SJ Myanmar’s design for Denko Jetty














2. Master-planning project in Mon State

Extending its footprint beyond Yangon, the Myanmar team secured a master planning project in southern Myanmar’s Mon State, the 12th largest state in the country. The team has actively pursued opportunities in the state for the past two years.

The team will provide a master plan for seven plots of land with a total land area of around 1,000 acres. Comprising residential, commercial, recreational and other amenities, it will be a holistic environment to work, live and play in. The planning will be done in five phases.

master planning Mon State Myanmar
The proposed mixed-used development plan in Mon State













3. Infrastructure design work in the Dagon Seikkan Township

This is one of two infrastructure projects in the Yangon region recently awarded by the Shwe Taung Group. Said Lee Leong Seng, General Manager of Surbana Jurong Myanmar, “The continued support from Shwe Taung is a testament of the team’s prompt project delivery and ability to pull together relevant resources across SJ Group’s regional and functional groups to provide value-added services to the client.”

infrastructure design work Dagon Seikkan Township

The zoning plan of the 17.5-acre development in Dagon Seikkan

The team was tasked to provide infrastructure design work for a 17.6-acre mixed-use development in the Dagon Seikkan Township. As SJ is the master planner of the township, this new downstream opportunity demonstrates the Group’s ability to offer one-stop full-suite solutions. The scope of work includes planning and design of the following infrastructure:

  • Road network
  • Electricity power supply network
  • Street lighting network
  • Telecommunication manholes and piping network
  • Water supply system
  • Fire hydrant system
  • Stormwater drainage system
  • Wastewater and sewerage system

4. Engineering design services for the Yangon-Mandalay highway

This is the second of two infrastructure projects in the Yangon region recently awarded by the Shwe Taung Group. SMEC International’s Transport Team will undertake the engineering design services of the existing Yangon-Mandalay highway in two separate parts. This first is a financial feasibility study to evaluate if the road widening project will be commercially viable for the Shwe Taung Development. The second is a design and constructability study, to evaluate existing road designs with regards to constructability and to improve the lifespan and resilience of the current road.

The study will take an estimated four months. Maung Maung Kyaw Thar, Country Manager, SMEC Myanmar, notes that the win will put SMEC in a good position to pursue similar transport consultancy services for the rest of the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) road project in Myanmar.

Said Lee Leong Seng, General Manager of Surbana Jurong Myanmar, “The hard work of the team, who has been in relentless pursuit of new opportunities within and outside of Yangon, has paid off. Our recent project wins are the result of our strong foundation in building the SJ brand in Myanmar and accumulative track record both locally and overseas.”

Surbana Jurong inks MOU with Vietnam’s Phu Long Real Estate

MoU vietnam phu long real estate
Mr Teo Eng Cheong (fifth from left), CEO International of SJ, presenting a bouquet to Mdm Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Chairman of Sovico Holdings, at the signing ceremony

Surbana Jurong (SJ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Phu Long Real Estate Joint-Stock Corporation (Phu Long) to collaborate on township and property development in Vietnam. Phu Long is a subsidiary of Sovico Holdings, one of Vietnam’s leading investment groups in the aviation, banking, finance, real estate and industrial sectors.

SJ will provide expertise in the areas of master planning, design services, coastal engineering and project management to Phu Long’s projects.

The MOU was signed by Mr Teo Eng Cheong, SJ’s CEO International (Singapore, North Asia, South-east Asia) and Mr Nguyen Thanh Quang, Phu Long’s Chairman. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Teo said, “We are proud to be one of Phu Long’s strategic partners. Our local knowledge, coupled with global experience, allows us to assist Phu Long in achieving the goal as one of Vietnam’s largest property developers.”

The MOU signing ceremony was also attended by Mdm Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Chairman of Sovico Holdings, and Mr Nguyen Thanh Hung, Founding Chairman of Sovico Holdings. In her speech, Mdm Thao recalled the satisfactory 10-year cooperation between Phu Long and Surbana Jurong and hoped to see more of such collaborations with Surbana Jurong in the company’s plans for the future.

Surbana Jurong & JOIN delegation visit Sri Lanka

master plan Sri Lanka

Senior delegates from the Surbana Jurong (SJ) Group and the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) visited Colombo, Sri Lanka on 23 and 24 February 2017. The delegates included SJ Chairman Liew Mun Leong, Group CEO Wong Heang Fine, CEO International (Africa, Americas, ANZ, SAME) Andy Goodwin and JOIN President & CEO Takuma Hatano. This is the first time SJ and JOIN are jointly exploring opportunities in Sri Lanka, which builds on our MOU inked in September of last year to cooperate in overseas urban and infrastructure projects.

Sri Lanka is a key growth market for SJ. The Sri Lankan economy has grown steadily since 2004 and is projected to grow rapidly over the next 15 to 20 years. Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, is an important administrative and economic centre, and due to its strategic location along the international shipping route, has been advancing as an international gateway to Sri Lanka. This has resulted in the finance and services sector becoming one of the biggest economic drivers in the city, which is experiencing high demand for office towers and commercial developments. Other sectors identified as key economic drivers include: Information Technology (IT), science and bio-medical; port, airport, logistics and other transport related services; tourism; and manufacturing.

The visiting delegation met with Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe and several key Principals from other Ministries including,

  • Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Devapriya Samarawickrama
  • Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva
  • Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella
  • Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga
  • Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka

On 24 February, SJ hosted a cocktail reception for key clients and partners at the Taj Samudra Hotel. Also in attendance were representatives from the Singapore High Commission, the Australian High Commission and the Japanese Embassy.

The trip was a resounding success, and gave the SJ Group a platform to showcase its project experience throughout Sri Lanka, which includes the Western Region Master Plan, the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, the Colombo Port City Master Plan, the Northern Expressway and the Greater Colombo Wastewater Management Project.

In addition, SJ recently secured a new master planning project for the Trincomalee district in the northeast of Sri Lanka, which has been identified as one of the national growth centres. SJ’s role is to prepare a concept plan for Trincomalee district and an integrated detailed master plan for Trincomalee metro area. Project scope includes: vision and programming, socio-economic positioning, concept plan, detailed master plan, urban design plan for city centre and an implementation plan.


Surbana Jurong clinches coveted Hyderabad Pharma City contract in India

south asia for the pharma infrastructure engineering and building
Hyderabad Pharma City – A new benchmark for Smart and Sustainable Pharma Eco system

Months of effort have culminated in a remarkable victory after the Surbana Jurong Group won the contract for a pharmaceutical facility project in India.

Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation awarded SJ the master planning consultancy as well as detailed infrastructure engineering and building design work for the Pharma City project in Hyderabad. The planned state-of-the-art pharmaceutical facility is the first and largest of its kind in South Asia for the pharma industry.The project is to come up on over 14,000 acres in Mucherla and surrounding villages in Ranga Reddy and Mahabubnagar districts.

With our integrated suite of services, SJ beat the competition from various international and Indian firms to win the project.

“We have been actively pursuing the Hyderabad Pharma City project and after eight months of effort, we are proud to be awarded this very important project. It is one of its kind in India and the Hyderabad government has plans for this to become a world-class Pharma manufacturing hub with smart infrastructure solutions.” said Mr Teo Eng Cheong, CEO (International), Surbana Jurong.

Mr Teo Eng Cheong also met with Telangana’sMinister for Information Technology, Industries, Municipal Administration and Urban Development K T Rama Rao when Mr Rama Rao visited Singapore earlier in June to bolster confidence in our capabilities. The meeting signaled strong support from the SJ management and positively contributed to the win.

Created just two years ago, Telangana is India’s newest state and its government is keen to attract huge investments. Telangana’s capital city of Hyderabad is known to be India’sPharma capitalwith about 40% of India’s total drug production.

Fast Facts

Type of Project: Master Planning, Detailed Infrastructure Engineering and Building Designs

Size: 14,000 acres

Status: Awarded in October 2016. Project targeted for completion in June 2017

Significance: India’s first National Investment Manufacturing Zone, largest such facility in South Asia for the Pharma Industry


Surbana Jurong inks MOU with Sri Lanka to develop Trincomalee

trincomalee metro area surbana jurong master plan sri lanka
Signing of MOU between Surbana Jurong Private Limited’s CEO (International), Mr Teo Eng Cheong and Sri Lanka’s Secretary for Ministry of National Policies & Economic Affairs, Mr M. I. M. Rafeek

Surbana Jurong has signed a MOU with the Government of Sri Lanka to develop Trincomalee. This project aims to develop 1,363 sq km of Trincomalee Metro Area to become a resilient economic hub in Sri Lanka, which is vibrant and liveable with a distinct urban identity in the region.

Surbana Jurong was tasked to come up with a Concept Plan and Detailed Master Plan for the Trincomalee Metro Area (TMA) to organise, improve and accelerate the social, economic and physical developments in North Central Metropolitan Region (NCMR), Sri Lanka; and uplift the reisdent’s quality of life.

Trincomalee’s strategic location allows it to be developed as hub for commerce, agriculture, fisheries, food industries and tourism.Under this Plan, we addressed the environmental sustainability challenges, and ensured a holistic live, work and play environment for all residents, safeguarding space to anticipate all the social, economic and environmental needs.

In the MOU, Surbana Jurong will be providing services in areas to develop the Concept Master Plan including Transportation, Infrastructure, Environmental and Implementation proposals for the Metro Area. Other area of collaboration includes setting up of the Master Plan Online Database. This project is supported by the Singapore government to open up doors for downstream economic and knowledge sharing opportunities between the 2 countries.

Surbana Jurong inks MOU and master plan contract with Wuzhou Port Economic Zone

wuzhou port economic zone masterplanning China

Surbana Jurong has clinched a contract this month to provide detailed control master planning consultancy services for the 23.5sqkm Wuzhou Port Economic Zone Start-up Area.

The project team, led by Ms Mao Whey Ying (Deputy CEO, International), travelled to Wuzhou City from 18-20 April 2016. Ms Mao signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Wuzhou Port Economic Zone to enhance collaboration in various sectors such as park management, investment attraction strategies, and training opportunities.

Surbana Jurong will partner Guangxi Hualan Planning & Design Institute for the regulatory plan submission. This is a downstream project following the consultancy services for the conceptual master plan of the 61sqkm Wuzhou Port Economic Zone secured in Dec 2014.