OSAKA -- Japanese construction equipment maker Kubota has won an order to build waterworks for Yangon, Myanmar's commercial capital.
Partnering with South Korean company Posco Engineering & Construction, the Japanese company will build a water purification facility and a pump station capable of handling 180,000 cu. meters of water daily. That part of the deal is worth some 5.4 billion yen (around $47.6 million).
In addition, subsidiary Kubota Construction and Marubeni Protechs, a unit of Japanese trading house Marubeni, will team up to build 45km of water supply lines that will serve the purification facility and the pump station in a project worth 5.1 billion yen.
Construction of both parts is to start in January, with the pump station and purification facility expected to take two and a half years to complete and the water lines two years.
Water from the purification plant will be pumped to homes and businesses in Yangon. Industrial water will also be supplied to the Thilawa Special Economic Zone southeast of the city.
Myanmar's most populous city is experiencing economic growth, but only about 40% of its population has access to running water and its waterworks are aging, creating an urgent need for new infrastructure. Another waterworks project valued at some 25 billion yen is to start in March 2025, and Kubota aims to win that order as well.