Gas suppliers in Pakistan launch tender for consulting support

02 May 2018

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines, and Sui Southern Gas Company – the two public sector entities that control the distribution of gas in Pakistan – have turned to the consulting industry for support with a major structural reformation project. The project involves the segregation of distribution systems by province, and the establishment of a single umbrella body for coordination.

Pakistan’s four provinces, namely Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh are currently supplied gas by two primary public sector units. The northern areas, which include parts of Baluchistan and Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, are fed by Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGP), which covers a total area of nearly 7,800 kilometres.

The Southern regions, specifically other parts of Balochistan and Sindh, are supplied by the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), which covers a total area of over 3,600 kilometres, spanning 1,200 towns, and amounting to nearly 400,000 million cubic feet of gas. The supply is utilised for both commercial and domestic purposes.

Now, the two entities are looking to simplify this distribution process by restructuring the transmission system. Specifically, the entities wish to establish individual distribution systems for the four provinces, while also establishing an overarching company to manage the transmission for the entire country’s gas supply.Gas suppliers in Pakistan launch tender for consulting supportTo this end, SNGP and SSGC have turned to the consulting industry for the development of detailed plans for the restructuring efforts. The entities have launched a tender, which enumerates the responsibilities that the selected consulting firm will have to manage, and have invited Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from firms that align with the same.

Tasks include the preparation of an ‘Implementation Strategy and Roadmap,’ wherein the firm will offer an overview of the minimum level of transformation that will be required in the system’s organisation and personnel management. Once this is complete, the firm is expected to oversee the legal and financial aspects of the restructuring process itself.

According to the tender, the firm will also be called upon to provide technical expertise during the project-implementation phase. In light of these requirements, the two companies expect that the applicant firm will have a minimum level of experience in the due diligence, HR, legal, financial, and regulatory domains, preferably within the gas or energy sector.

In essence, the selected ‘Transaction Advisory’ firm is responsible for every stage of the implementation process, complete with a list of criteria for project-evaluation at a later stage. Firms will be selected irrespective of whether they are domestic or international in their operations, although the regulatory and taxation requirements might change accordingly.

Surbana Jurong strikes deal to develop shipping corridor across Mexico

19 April 2019

Singapore-headquartered urban and infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong has been appointed as a master-planner for the Interoceanic Corridor project in Mexico.

At 40 kilometers wide and 300 long, Mexico’s slated $150 million Interoceanic Corridor will dissect the country’s Tehuantepec isthmus to connect its Atlantic and Pacific coasts – with the aim of facilitating trade and fast-tracking local economic growth. Now, the project has a new and far more distant connection, with the involvement of Singaporean-headquartered infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong.

Striking a deal with the Mexican state governments of Veracruz and Oaxaca, Surbana Jurong will develop a strategic plan for the Interoceanic Corridor as well as provide master planning on two associated special economic zones, in what the rapidly growing firm states is a significant milestone in its international aspirations – which over the past few years have already seen its presence grow to 130-plus offices in more than 40 countries.

“We are privileged to be appointed as master planners for the Interoceanic Corridor project. Surbana Jurong has a strong track record, having delivered master plans for projects in over 30 countries and are pleased to contribute our expertise towards Mexico’s development success,” said Surbana Jurong Group CEO Wong Heang Fine on helping to unlock the region’s economic potential.Surbana Jurong strikes deal to develop interoceanic corridor across MexicoAccording to the firm, the agreement will see Surbana Jurong perform a detailed review of the Interoceanic Corridor including its broad socio-economic benefits to the region and potential growth industrial clusters, with the strategic plan comprising of recommendations on market positioning and development directions, proposals for utilities and services infrastructure, and zoning plans to identify land use distribution along the corridor.

In addition, the firm will devise the master plan for two economic development areas along the Interoceanic Corridor in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca, guiding the physical development of the two industrial sites through planning of land use, infrastructure, utilities and transportation – with the aim of “creating a conducive environment for investment and providing a quality living environment for the people that live and work there.”

“We are pleased to see the partnership continue to make progress since we started this conversation a few years ago,” said Khor Aik Lam, Latin America Regional Group Director of Enterprise Singapore, which helped facilitate the deal. “The strong commitment and joint efforts from all parties have culminated in this milestone venture to bring Singapore’s economic development capabilities to Mexico.”

Connecting the ports of Salinas Cruz on the Pacific coast and Coatzacoalcos on the Atlantic, the local Interoceanic Corridor is one of a number of proposed or under development cross-continental shipping routes to rival the Panama Canal, including routes across Guatemala and Nicaragua – with the contemporary race harking back to the 19th Century when a number of American industry and shipping titans fought to be the first.