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Surbana Jurong signs agreement in Laos Singapore’s Surbana Jurong Consultants, Mekong Group and Laos’ Phongsavanh Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly pursue business opportunities in Laos. The agreement supports the government’s plan that will transform land-locked Laos to a land-linked one through infrastructure projects, as well as to attract investments through strategically planned townships and industrial growth clusters. Phongsavanh Group is the master developer for an industrial zone development project covering 1,300 ha in the city of Vientiane, capital of Laos. It has been 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, the company will develop the concept masterplans for Phongsavanh Group’s Vientiane project, which is aimed to be completed by the end of the year. 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. “Beyond masterplanning, Surbana Jurong’s design and engineering capabilities in various sectors also complement Laos’ development priorities. We have over 50 years track record in township, industrial and infrastructure development and are pleased to contribute our expertise for Laos’ development success,” said Wong Heang Fine, Surbana Jurong’s group CEO. “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.” Michael Aw, Mekong Group’s CEO commented, “Laos has remodelled itself into a safe, stable and peaceful nation with big ambitions. Today it 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
From left: Yeo Choon Chong, Surbana Jurong’s deputy CEO; Thedlakhone Douangsonthi, Phongsavanh Group’s vicechairman; and Michael Aw, Mekong Group’s CEO.
industrial park, which is strategically located near the high-speed rail station in Vientiane, a China’s Belt Road Initiative (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.” According to Thedlakhone Douangsonthi, vice chairman of Phongsavanh Group, the new industrial zone is expected to be an example of regional economic and industrial development, and will also serve as 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,” he said. “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.” n
Gammon secures waterfront residential project in Hong Kong Gammon Construction, Balfour Beatty Far East joint venture, has been awarded a residential building contract in Hong Kong worth approximately HKD$3 billion. It will see the development of eight medium rise residential blocks and four houses with a two-level basement overlooking Tai Po’s Tolo Harbour in northern Hong Kong, on behalf of Great Eagle Group. As part of the works, Gammon Construction will utilise the latest technology including 3D scanning and Building Information Modelling (BIM) to generate and manage vital project data to enhance construction efficiencies. Works are scheduled for completion by the end of 2019 and at peak construction is expected to employ 1,000 people. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Gammon Construction is a 50-50 joint venture between the international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty and the Asian-based conglomerate Jardine Matheson. The two companies have worked in partnership since 2004 to deliver various projects for customers throughout China and Southeast Asia. n
Gammon will work on a new residential project in Hong Kong, which features eight medium rise residential blocks and four houses with a two-level basement overlooking Tai Po’s Tolo Harbour. Here is a computer-generated image of the project.
Southeast Asia Construction : Nov-Dec 2017