Myanmar has a 1930 km long coastline featuring numerous islands. In recent years there has been an interest in developing these islands for Tourism. Many of these islands are more than fifty kilometres off the Myanmar coastline. One of the larger scale projects that has been undertaken is Kyun Pila, accessible by boat from Kawthaung. This island is relatively large (6000 acres).
In 2016, SPA took over this project. They immediately requested Mr. Steven Nelson (known for his successful green field development of Pun Hlaing Housing & Golf Estate) to assume the Project Director role.
Mr. Nelson spent a considerable period on the island exploring development concepts and eventually produced a master plan. A part of this involved providing a strong infrastructure to support the future guests. Water storage and treatment was listed as a prime consideration, as was guest privacy. The infrastructure would need to support additional guest rooms in the future Mr. Nelson took considerable time planning for guest privacy and private retreats, trekking through the Islands Bush.
Amd was requested to propose water treatment and waste water treatment. From the outset logistics was a major issue. The island would require water for guests and staff numbering over 150 people. Waste water would be treated before discharge in order to maintain the Pristine environment. As the island had no Jetty all equipment was barged from Yangon or Kawthaung directly and landed on the beach. Amd supplied very large tanks (11,000 – 54,000 Gal) tanks in a prefabricated easy to ship flat pack format. Five tanks were erected within six days of commencement at site. These were used as both raw untreated water and treated water storage. Amd installed a total of 8 tanks and a series of filters and pumps in order to ensure that the water was potable. Distribution was via modern pressure pumps. Wastewater was treated via an Activated sludge system and thereafter passed through a post effluent treatment system finally being stored in another tank for garden recycling. The resort on Kyun Pila is operated by Memories group with guest transport by boats from Kawthaung.