Approaching inclusion on a global scale in Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, has grown significantly since the international economic sanctions were lifted. The city’s population is expected to double in 25 years. SUEZ is supporting the city’s growth in a number of areas (water, waste, transport, etc.), while adopting the city authority’s ambition to promote sustainable development and implementing the “Mandalay Green City Development Plan”, in particular by listening closely to the stakeholders.
The mission

To build a sustainable city with its stakeholders

With a population that is expected to double in the next quarter of a century, Myanmar’s second-largest city has launched a vast renovation and development programme, called Mandalay Green City.


The first goal of this massive plan is to improve the water, transport and waste management networks.

At the same time, significant efforts will be made by the city authorities to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance as part of the Mandalay Urban Services Improvement Project.

of inhabitants supplied with water

The population of Mandalay today

The city’s population is expected to double in 25 years
Our solution

To develop and optimise the city’s infrastructures

Since 2014, SUEZ has been carrying out feasibility and optimisation studies. These studies analyse and design concrete projects to be implemented in different areas:

  • Renovating and extending the drinking water networks, reducing network leakages, rehabilitating the drinking water treatment plants, protecting groundwater
  • Managing urban wastewater and floods
  • Optimising household waste collection, installing transfer platforms, creating storage facilities
  • Creating a high-speed public transport link
The results

Assistance with every aspect of the major project to restructure the public services in Mandalay and several other towns in the country

SUEZ is supporting the development of services in the city of Mandalay (water, transport, waste, energy), with a view to improving the urban environment and the public health of its inhabitants.


In this way, SUEZ is also helping to strengthen the institutional capabilities of the Mandalay City Development Committee and to raise the awareness of and train the local communities. After completing the preliminary studies, SUEZ is now helping the city of Mandalay to implement its plan to improve urban services through:

  • The design and supervision of Mandalay’s urban waste water collection and treatment system (27 km of collectors, a 75,000 m3/day treatment plant, a 10 m3/s rainwater pumping station)
  • The improvement of the water production and distribution system.


By demonstrating its ability to provide expertise in a range of fields and to focus on preliminary analyses, SUEZ has also convinced other cities in Myanmar, including the capital Yangon, where the company is providing technical assistance for the project to improve urban services, or the former capital, Amarapura, in the south of Mandalay, for its water supplies.

“There is a clear relationship between environmental services and public health. Mandalay has set itself the target of becoming a green city, but a fundamental aspect of that is to have good environmental services that will attract not only tourists, but also industry to the city of Mandalay. We are prepared to provide our partners with all our expertise and know-how to help Myanmar achieve its ambitions for the future and to address its issues efficiently.” Gary Moys, the project preparation leader from the ADB (Asian Development Bank), which is providing part of the funding of the Mandalay Urban Services Improvement Project.