New Mandalay Resort City to boost Myanmar’s economy

New Mandalay Resort City NMRC to boost Myanmar’s economy
NMRC is an integrated township project in eastern Mandalay spanning over 10,000 acres.

Surbana Jurong will conduct a feasibility study on New Mandalay Resort City (NMRC), an integrated township project located on the outskirts of Pyin Oo Lwin township in eastern Mandalay that spans over 10,000 acres.

Under the supervision of Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction, Surbana Jurong will be the overall consultant and Master-planner, working together with Master Developer Central Ayeyarwady Development Limited.

NMRC is among the first 30 projects to be included in the Union Government’s Project Bank, where a list of prioritised public infrastructure projects are identified as key to Myanmar’s national development, to be managed on a public–private partnership basis. Other government ministries will be involved in the setting of policies to ensure the project’s success, which is expected to bring societal and economic benefits to the country.

NMRC will be divided into three sections of development, with Section 1 targeted to be completed in eight years. Some of the key features of each section:

  • Section 1 – zones for industrial, residential, education, integrated resort, golf course and eco-tourism.
  • Section 2 – zones for luxury and affordable residential, mixed use, commercial, medical and the future railway station.
  • Section 3 – an agricultural park located next to the agri-business cluster.


Powering up Papua New Guinea

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The Papua New Guinea government wants to provide electricity access to 70% of its population by 2030, which will be helped in part by its Power Sector Development Investment Programme.

As part of Papua New Guinea’s Development Strategic Plan, the national government is set to achieve 70% of electricity access for its population by 2030. Currently, only 12% of the country’s over 7 million people have access.

The Asian Development Bank has engaged SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, as a consulting partner for the country’s Power Sector Development Investment Programme to improve the population’s access to electricity in provincial and urban centres through the expansion of transmission and distribution network.

This will connect approximately 75,000 additional households, improve system efficiencies by replacing high-cost diesel power generation with renewable energy. It will encourage private sector investments in the energy space, as well as capacity development of power sector agencies. This win provides a sound basis for SMEC’s continued presence in the power and energy industry in Papua New Guinea.

Surbana Jurong wins again with feasibility study contract for extension of Sarawak’s Bakun hydropower plant

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A bird’s eye view of the power station in Sarawak with the proposed extension.

SMEC’s Hydropower & Dams Group has been awarded Sarawak Energy’s contract to conduct the feasibility study and tender design for an extension of Bakun Power Station.

Following the completion of the pre-feasibility study last year, SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, was appointed again for this project to provide an in-depth analysis on the possibility of increasing the existing hydropower scheme capacity, without interrupting the operation of the existing power plant and without drawing down the reservoir level.

In the pre-feasibility report, it was suggested that a 300MW extension was possible by constructing a 1.2km-long, 8.5m-diameter headrace tunnel through the dam’s right abutment to a new underground power station. The new power station will have a single 300MW generator unit that will utilise the redundant 12m-diameter diversion tunnels of the existing scheme as the new tailrace.

SMEC’s project team will review the pre-feasibility study and confirm the development option for the extension. Other services to be provided include a Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study, concept study report, basis of design for civil, electrical and mechanical aspects, tender design report, tender specification and drawings, training of client personnel and generic specification for SCADA, communications, controls and protection.

The project win is due to the team’s familiarity with the geological site conditions and ability to field a project team consisting mainly of engineers who have previously worked on the existing 2,400MW Bakun Power Station or other hydropower projects in Sarawak.

Surbana Jurong to provide development management services to Ancol Bay in Jakarta

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Artist impression of Ancol Bay’s central waterfront promenade

Surbana Jurong has secured the contract to provide development management services for several plots of land in Ancol Bay in North Jakarta.

Owned by Indonesian property developer Manggala Krida Yudha, the total land area spans 60ha and will contain mixed developments comprising two-to four-star hotels, service apartments, commercial buildings and shopping centres.

With Surbana Jurong’s in-depth market knowledge and leadership, the client has trusted the Development Management team to deliver and effectively represent his interest.

Ancol Bay
Artist impression of Ancol Bay’s residential beachfront

Further to the Ancol Bay project, Surbana Jurong’s Development Management team has also been contracted by Manggala Krida Yudha to manage all their company’s developments in the area, including Ancol Marina, where he owns two islands totalling 1,300ha in size. Its concept master plan was developed by Surbana Jurong’s master planners in 2015.

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

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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, Phongsavanh Group and Mekong Group collaborate to support Laos’ growth journey

Laos growth journey
Sealing the three-party partnership at Don Chan Palace Hotel, Laos, Vientiane. From left: Yeo Choon Chong, Surbana Jurong’s Deputy CEO, Thedlakhone Douangsonthi, Phongsavanh Group’s Vice-Chairman and Michael Aw, Mekong Group’s CEO.

Vientiane, Laos, 1 September 2017 – In a move that will see Singapore companies share their expertise to support Lao PDR’s growth, Singapore’s Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte. Ltd., Mekong Group Pte. Ltd. and Lao’s Phongsavanh Group today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly pursue business opportunities there.

Under this MOU, the partners aim to support the government’s plan to transform land-locked Laos to a land-linked one through infrastructure projects and to attract investments through strategically planned townships and industrial growth clusters.

Phongsavanh Group is the master developer for an industrial zone development project covering 1300 ha in the city of Vientiane, capital of Laos. Based in Laos, the Group is well-established with over 30 years of experience in various businesses including banking, insurance, airlines and logistics. It is appointed and authorised by the government to drive the development of this industrial zone.

Surbana Jurong will provide its expertise in Urban Development Studies and Strategic Planning. For a start, it will develop the Concept Master Plans for Phongsavanh Group’s Vientiane project, which it aims to complete by the end of the year.Surbana Jurong has successfully completed many internationally renowned industrial parks, townships and city planning, such as Singapore’s Jurong Island Petrochemical Hub, Suzhou Industrial Park, Tianjin Eco-City, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park, Kigali City in Africa and Amaravati Capital City in India.

Mekong Group will provide its expertise in sourcing international talents and firms to support the project. It is advising Phongsavanh Group on starting new businesses and improving current processes.

The MOU signing ceremony was attended by Singapore’s Ambassador to Laos, Mr Dominic Goh, as well as senior representatives of Laos’ government agencies.

During Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s official visit to Singapore in May this year, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Singapore hopes to be part of Laos’ growth story. Today’s MOU is testament that both countries are taking that step forward together.

“Laos is one of the fastest growing economies in the region and Surbana Jurong is excited to partner Laos on its growth journey. Beyond masterplanning, Surbana Jurong’s design and engineering capabilities in various sectors also complement Laos’ development priorities. We have over fifty years track record in township, industrial and infrastructure development and are pleased to contribute our expertise for Laos’ development success,” said Surbana Jurong’s Group CEO Wong Heang Fine.

Wong added, “This collaboration with Phongsavanh Group and Mekong Group will allow us to leverage each partner’s strengths as we explore other areas of cooperation, with the ultimate aim to help Laos and her people grow and prosper in a sustainable way.”

Mekong Group’s CEO, Michael Aw said, “Laos has remodelled itself into a safe, stable and peaceful nation with big ambitions. Lao PDR today is counted among the world’s fastest growing economies and is set on a course of full regional and international integration.We are excited to start this journey together with Surbana Jurong and Phongsavanh Group, to be the advisor for this project with Phongsavanh Group as the master developer and Surbana Jurong as the master planner. The goal is to eventually build a township and industrial park which is strategically located near the high-speed rail station in Vientiane, a China’s Belt Road Initiatives (BRI).”

He added, “Mekong Group’s focus in Laos is to tap BRI opportunities. We will act fast to secure our first-mover advantage in Laos.We will collaborate with international and Singapore firms to form a consortium to engage these opportunities.”

Mr Thedlakhone Douangsonthi, Vice-Chairman of Phongsavanh Group said, “As a leading local company, Phongsavanh Group, as always, will leverage our capacity and successful experiences to assist Laos to become developed as fast as possible. This new industrial zone will be an example of regional economic and industrial development and will be a pilot project to improve and develop the whole country. We will develop this project to international standards, by seeking experts and talents and by working with experienced and competitive companies. I believe this project will not only drive the development of local economies and industries, for example, to improve local infrastructure and living conditions including modernised plants, houses, apartments, schools, hotels, shopping malls, hospitals, sporting places and so on, but also provide opportunities for international investors to be successful businesses in Laos. I am confident that this project led by Phongsavanh Group will achieve a win-win result.”

About Phongsavanh Group
Phongsavanh Group (PSVG) is a well-known leading group of companies in Lao PDR with successful pioneering enterprises in banking, insurance, petroleum trade and oil distribution, airlines, logistics, bulk supplies, food and beverage, timber, telecommunication supplies, etc. PSVG has played great and significant roles in the economic growth story of Lao PDR as well as various aspects of societal well-being of Lao PDR. “Giving and Sharing” is the core concept that constitutes the mandate of PSVG.The management team of PSVG believes this new collaboration reaffirms their commitment to further promote the development of the economy and support for the community in Lao PDR.

Phongsavanh Group is established by Prof. Dr. Od Phongsavanh who has been awarded a “National Developer Medal” by the central government of Lao PDR on account of many prominent contributions that he has done to develop the society and economy of Laos within several decades. As the founder of Phongsavanh Group, Prof. Dr. Od Phongsavanh always devotes himself to assist the government in developing native economies and assist Lao people in improving the quality of their lives. In view of many successes that Phongsavanh Group has got in the past, Phongsavanh Group is appointed and authorized by the government to drive the development of this industrial zone. By taking this good opportunity, Prof. Dr. Od Phongsavanh expects to get more competitive foreign companies to participate in this projects.

About Mekong Group Pte Ltd
Mekong Group is a Singapore based company with a focus in Lao PDR. It plays an advisory role and manages strategic partnerships for Lao PDR companies and state-owned enterprises. In Singapore, it is renowned for their 3T approach (Talent, Technology and Trust), which is also reflected in Mekong Group’s core values. It believes that good management and transparency, being the Singapore branding will help to build Trust with its clients. It aims to bring the best in class practice & technology to improve its clients’ business.

The Group strives to bring in the regional resources to tap on the growth story in Laos, be it:

  1. Investors,
  2. Joint Venture(JV) partners to start new business/partnership,
  3. Consultants to improve a process/project and
  4. Talents (people).

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About Surbana Jurong
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 13,000 employees in 113 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.