Surbana Jurong has secured a contract to provide mechanical and electrical engineering services for seven KFC Myanmar restaurants across Yangon, Bago and Mandalay. The scope of work includes the engineering design of power distribution, general lighting, extra-low voltage system, air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation system, fire protection system, and plumbing works.
These projects mark the rapid expansion of the KFC fast-food restaurant chain in the Myanmar market, which opened its first store in June 2015 and targets to have 22 stores nationwide by end March 2018. KFC Myanmar is managed by Summit Brand Restaurant Group Limited, a subsidiary of Yoma Strategic Holdings Limited, which has a diversified portfolio of businesses in real estate, consumer, automotive and heavy equipment, and investments in Myanmar. Surbana Jurong looks forward to more opportunities to support Yoma Strategic Holdings in its expansion plans.
Surbana Jurong (SJ) kicked off the year with a bang with its inaugural Infrastructure Forum on 26 January 2018. There was an overwhelming turnout of some 350 attendees at the event, which was graced by U Maung Maung Win, Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance, U Min Htin Aung Han, Minister for Mon State’s Ministry of Electricity, Energy and Industry, U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Transport and Communications, and Vanessa Chan, Singapore’s Ambassador to Myanmar.
Mooted by the SJ’s Myanmar team, the theme of the Forum was “Unlocking Potential Value in Myanmar’s Infrastructure Development”. Speakers and panellists from the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Colliers, Oxford Business Group, Wong Partnership, and SJ’s technical experts, got together to share their views on the importance of infrastructure development and the need for investments in infrastructure, know-how, processes and legislation to drive Myanmar’s future economy.
Prior to the Forum, a media conference was held on 25 January 2018 to announce Surbana Jurong’s collaboration with MOSB, a Singapore joint venture company, to design an Offshore Supply Base (OSB) in Mon State, Myanmar. SJ’s Myanmar team will provide engineering and marine consultancy, environmental social impact assessment and project management.
As part of SJ Myanmar’s commitment towards nurturing local talent, scholarships were also presented to three top students who are pursuing Master’s degrees for architecture and engineering at Mandalay Technological University. They will be given opportunities to work in the SJ Group upon graduation.
Yangon, 25 January 2018 – Surbana Jurong Myanmar (SJ) and MOSB Ltd. (MOSB) have signed an agreement to design an Offshore Supply Base (OSB) in Mon State. The agreement was signed between Teo Eng Cheong, Chief Executive Officer International (Singapore, Southeast Asia, North Asia) of Surbana Jurong Private Limited and Leonard Oh, Executive Chairman of MOSB Ltd.
The oil and gas industry is an important and fast-growing industry in Myanmar, contributing 23.6% of Myanmar’s total revenue. MOSB received approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission in July 2017 to construct and operate an OSB in Mon state.
Under this agreement, SJ will be providing engineering and marine consultancy, Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study and project management to support MOSB in the development of this OSB. SJ will leverage its global experience and sterling track record in the Oil & Gas (O&G) sector to support MOSB’s vision of a fully integrated facility that will provide total logistics solutions to O&G customers, while at the same time improve the infrastructure in the region.
Mr Leonard Oh, Executive Chairman of MOSB said, “We are very pleased to sign this agreement with Surbana Jurong, as we are confident that with the expertise and experience of Surbana Jurong, our base will be meeting international standards in design. By working together, we can create a much greater impact to further develop the local and national economy. The development of the OSB will in turn, assist to empower the local community through the support of both infrastructure and social needs.”
Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group Chief Executive Officer of Surbana Jurong Private Limited, said “Surbana Jurong is proud to contribute our expertise to support the burgeoning oil & gas industry in Myanmar, an important economic contributor to the nation. Backed by our track record and capabilities, we are able to offer unique complete value chain services from feasibility studies and concept design to engineering and construction supervisory, across a diverse range of infrastructure projects globally. On the oil & gas front, we played a crucial role in the successful development of Singapore’s Jurong Island Petrochemical Hub and Jurong Rock Caverns, Southeast Asia’s first underground rock cavern for oil storage. We will leverage our global experience for the success of this project, to add another milestone to both MOSB and Surbana Jurong’s history.”
As part of Surbana Jurong’s continued efforts to support Myanmar in its growth journey, the company will be awarding scholarships to three top students from Mandalay Technological University. Surbana Jurong Myanmar will also be organising its inaugural Infrastructure Forum on 26 January in Yangon, bringing together regional industry experts to explore topics centred around the outlook of Myanmar Infrastructure market, funding options as well as technical knowledge sharing.
Both SJ and MOSB are committed to the growth of Myanmar and to supporting the communities.
MOSB Ltd. company represents a joint venture between Two Fish Supply Base Limited of Myanmar and 2 Fish (SG) Pte Ltd of Singapore. MOSB is 80% owned by 2Fish (SG) Pte Ltd of Singapore. This is another effort by Singapore companies to create a joint effort to assist with the growth of the Myanmar economy. MOSB is a specific purpose company to own and operate the offshore supply base (“OSB”) or to appoint a third party to operate the OSB.
About Surbana Jurong Private Limited
Surbana Jurong Private Limited (SJ) is one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms. Leveraging technology and creativity, SJ provides one-stop consultancy solutions across the entire value chain of the urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure domains.
Headquartered in Singapore, the SJ Group has a global workforce of 13,500 employees in 122 offices across 44 countries in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and United Kingdom.
SJ has a track record of over 50 years, and has built more than a million homes in Singapore, crafted master plans for more than 30 countries and planned over 100 industrial parks globally.
About the Surbana Jurong Scholarship Programme
The scholarship programme by SJ has been active in Myanmar since 2014 where five scholars from Yangon Technology received the scholarship and all of them are working in Surbana Jurong Myanmar office now. This year, the SJ scholarships were granted to the top students from Mandalay Technological University.
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:
First jetty design project in Thilawa, 14km southeast of Yangon
Master-planning project in southern Myanmar’s Mon State, the 12th largest state in the country
Infrastructure design work for a 17.6-acre mixed-use development in the Dagon Seikkan Township
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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.”
SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, Myanmar team has won a contract to provide the conceptual design for an approach road to the Gote Hteik Bridge in Myanmar’s northern Shan State. The project is jointly invested by Myanmar’s Oriental Highway Company Ltd and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.
The 20km road is located along the Myanmar National Highway No. 3, between Lashio and Mandalay, which is a section of the China-Myanmar Highway.
The approach road will provide an important trade link between Mandalay and Lashio and contribute to greater road safety in the mountainous region. It will also help create a key transport node between northern and southern Myanmar.
Project location relative to Gote Hteik Bridge – The approach road to the Gote Hteik Bridge will improve trade connectivity between Mandalay and Lashio
The team’s scope of work includes:
Road survey works
Geotechnical investigation works
Concept designs: geometrical design, subgrade and pavement design, drainage design, road intersection design and road furniture design
Preliminary quantities and estimate of cost
Maung Maung Thar, SMEC Country Manager, Myanmar, said: “The new road to the Gote Hteik Bridge is a landmark project in Myanmar and we are proud to be appointed as the road design consultant, all thanks to the collaborative efforts of SMEC Myanmar and SMEC Philippines’ Transport Group. We are delighted that Oriental Highway Company and China Harbour have shown confidence in our expertise. We look forward to a successful project completion and further downstream opportunities.”
Surbana Jurong has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Myanmar’s building industry representative, the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA) to develop low cost and affordable housing.
On Friday 3 March, CEO International (Singapore, Southeast Asia, North Asia) Teo Eng Cheong announced the new partnership with MCEA at a media event in the capital city Yangon.
SJ will assume the role of lead technical consultant to create a design that focuses on Community, Connectivity and Constructability. The design will offer Myanmar homeowners a community-focused living space integrated with facilities that encourage community interaction, and use advanced technology to cut down on building time and costs.
“Surbana Jurong has built cities and shaped lives for more than 50 years. We have participated in the evolution of affordable housing in different countries. Our experience allows us to offer engineering and design solutions specific to Myanmar’s changing needs. We are delighted that the partnership with MCEA allows us to continue to be part of the Myanmar growth story,” Mr Teo said.
Later that evening, SJ’s Myanmar team held its fourth annual clients’ night at Sule Shangri-la Hotel in Yangon. Almost 300 guests attended the event which was graced by His Excellency U Myint Thaung, Myanmar’s Minister of Planning and Finance, His Excellency Robert Chua, Singapore Ambassador to Myanmar and U Myint Naing, Deputy Director General, Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction who was representing the Minister of Construction. The theme for this year’s event was “Charting a New Journey” and SJ took the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to Myanmar, celebrate new partnerships and introduce our expanded capabilities on infrastructure and security.
Lee Leong Seng, General Manager, Myanmar said, “We have 70 projects since we entered the market in 2013 and with Surbana Jurong’s expanded capabilities and strong partnerships forged, the team and I look forward to new opportunities in new and existing markets that will propel the Myanmar business to the next level.”
The celebratory event was a resounding success as guests including senior representatives from various government agencies, clients and partners were invited to view an exhibition, featuring SJ’s projects before being feted with a sumptuous dinner.
Click here to view the press release of the MoU signing ceremony.
Myanmar, 3 March 2017 – Surbana International Consultants (Myanmar) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA) to be the Association’s lead technical consultant for low cost and affordable housing projects in Myanmar. The MOU was signed by Teo Eng Cheong, Chief Executive Officer International (Singapore, Southeast Asia, North Asia) of Surbana Jurong Private Limited and Tha Htay, President of the MCEA.
The signing of the MOU between Surbana Jurong and MCEA comes at an important time as the association works with the Union Government to meet the demand for low cost and affordable housing and increasing home ownership in the country. The Government’s Five-Year Plan aims to deliver one million residential units by 2030. Surbana Jurong will assist MCEA in the development of a low cost and affordable housing prototype design that focuses on the 3Cs: Community, Connectivity and Constructability.
Future homeowners can look forward to a living space designed to cultivate strong community bonds and preserve the natural environment. A range of community-focused spaces such as courtyards and lobbies will be integrated into the estates to encourage interaction. Landscaped pathways that link residents to amenities will also be key features of the estates. Surbana Jurong will assist MCEA by employing technology that minimises construction time and cost without compromising on design, safety and functionality.
The MOU with MCEA enhances Surbana Jurong’s extensive presence and success in Myanmar since its entry into the market four years ago. Surbana Jurong has provided its expertise in master-planning, architecture and engineering to various residential and industrial projects including the 220 acre Ayeyarwun – Yadanar affordable housing project in Dagon Seikkan Township. The company, with a track record of building more than one million affordable homes in Singapore, has grown from strength to strength with its acquisition of AETOS Holdings and SMEC Holdings in 2016.
“Surbana Jurong has built cities and shaped lives for more than 50 years. We have participated in the evolution of affordable housing in different countries. Our experience allows us to offer engineering and design solutions specific to Myanmar’s changing needs. We are delighted that the partnership with MCEA allows us to continue to be part of the Myanmar growth story,” Mr Teo said at the signing ceremony.
“The signing of the MOU between MCEA and Surbana Jurong represents an exciting chapter in the development of low cost and affordable housing in Myanmar. With our local knowledge and Surbana Jurong’s international experience, we hope to realise our vision of helping more people own their homes in Myanmar,” Mr Tha Htay said.
About Surbana JurongPrivate Limited
Surbana Jurong Private Limited (SJ) is the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firm. Leveraging technology and creativity, SJ provides one-stop consultancy solutions across the entire value chain of the urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure domains.
Headquartered in Singapore, the SJ Group has a global workforce of 13,000 employees in over 110 offices across 44 countries in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and an annual turnover of around S$1.3 billion.
SJ has a track record of over 50 years, and has built more than a million homes in Singapore, crafted master plans for more than 30 countries and developed over 50 industrial parks globally.
SJ’s motto ‘Building Cities, Shaping Lives’ reflects its belief that development is more than just steel and concrete. SJ creates spaces and infrastructure services where people live, work and play, shaping cities into homes with sustainable jobs where communities and businesses can flourish.
About Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA)
The Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA) is the leading association representing developers and contractors in the construction sector in Myanmar. MCEA was established in 1996, and now has over 2,000 members and in the midst of setting up the chapter in 7 states and 7 regions. The organisation has been active in the construction development in Myanmar, in various projects such as SEZ, Port, Infrastructure, Highways, Industrial, Factories and public housing development.
Over the years, the MCEA, working alongside the government, has made tremendous contributions to the sector and country.MCEA has always supported the government’s objectives, especially towards the development of infrastructure, low cost and affordable housing. On these projects, it has worked closely with various government ministries and offices to bring the projects to success.
Surbana Jurong’s Myanmar office recently held a charity event to support poor and needy children at Monastic Education School in the Hlegu township in Yangon. The school which relies heavily on donations and community support is also a home for the children who are orphans, abandoned or come from broken families and migrant communities. These children are provided meals and lodging at the school.
SJ’s Myanmar team raised funds and received donations totaling USD 4,000 for this charity initiative. The team generously gave their time to distribute stationary and nutritious food items to hundreds of students. Gifts were presented to 24 teachers as a token of appreciation for their work caring for the 680 children at the orphanage school. Other donated items included rice and cooking oil as well as cash for miscellaneous expenses.
Surbana Jurong Myanmar office has successfully concluded its Temasek Foundation – Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (TF-SCE) capacity building workshop series which was held over a 8 month period from September 2015 to May 2016.
Singapore’s public and private sector expertise were engaged to contribute to this customized programme in building the urban planning and management sectors of the Republic of Myanmar, these included Singapore’s public sector partners such as Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Land Transport Authority (LTA), Public Utilities Board (PUB) and Building Construction Authority (BCA).
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the government expressed interest in further collaboration and technical assistance from Singapore and is keen to review policies on affordable housing with a priority on social housing for the urban poor and squatter resettlement matters.
“We look forward to continue work with SCE and TF for future workshop series as we continue to share our knowledge and expertise through these targeted programmes, crucial for planning in this new era of development in the growing country,” affirms Mr Lee Leong Seng, General Manager, Surbana Jurong Myanmar office.
Surbana Jurong’s Myanmar office successfully held its brand inauguration event on 26 February 2016, Friday in Yangon. It marks the official launch of the new Surbana Jurong brand in the Myanmar market.
The event was graced by Guests of Honour, U Kyaw Lwin, Myanmar’s Union Minister of Construction, His Excellency Mr Robert Chua, Singapore Ambassador to Myanmar and Mr Liew Mun Leong, Chairman of Surbana Jurong. Mr Teo Eng Cheong, CEO International as well as senior representatives from the Myanmar government agencies, Clients and partners, also attended the event.
Opening the event was CEO, International, Mr Teo Eng Cheong, who shared with the audience Surbana Jurong’s Myanmar journey and reaffirmed our commitment to grow our presence and build capabilities in the construction and building development sector. He introduced our recent expansion into the industrial and infrastructure sectors and the new projects secured. This includes an underground engineering project for Myanmar’s first underground pedestrian walkway, as well as the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone’s industrial park and deep sea port project where we partnered CITIC Group in the winning tender submission, providing masterplanning, infrastructure and port planning services.
Mr Teo also announced that Mr Lee Leong Seng will succeed Mr Gareth Wong as the General Manager for the Myanmar office. Gareth will be returning to Surbana Jurong Singapore HQ as the Senior Vice President in the Chairman’s office.
Mr Lee Leong Seng, General Manager, Myanmar said, “The Myanmar office has grown tremendously over the past 3 years. We have entered new market segments and expanded our geographical footprints beyond Yangon. We have also built up a great team that will stand us in good stead in the future. This is an exciting time for Surbana Jurong and I am looking forward to steering the next phase of growth for the Myanmar office. “