Royal HaskoningDHV has opened a permanent base in Myanmar as it looks to expand its operations in southeast Asia.
The international engineering consultancy was one of the first Dutch firms to head back to Myanmar in December 2011 and recently won its sixth assignment to design new river terminals in Mandalay and Yangon.
Its new office is in Yangon and Royal HaskoningDHV says it means it can continue to develop its professional engineering and environmental services in Myanmar, while expanding its local presence.
For the past 18 months, Royal HaskoningDHV has been involved in terminal feasibility studies and designs for new industrial plants that will manufacture consumer goods in the country.
It is also looking at the potential for carrying out water management assignments, including flood protection.
Martijn Coopman, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Director of Ports and Waterways for Southeast Asia, said: “Myanmar was opened up to the Western world just over a year ago, and is on everyone’s radar.
“However it is not an easy country to operate in at the moment, as there are many things that still need considerable development.
“Being on the ground means we understand the challenges and change processes the country is going through.
“This means we can assist multinationals by helping them assess and manage those risks and secure a position for when the country really does take off. This is widely expected to happen once the elections in 2015 have taken place.”