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 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). Amd was requested to propose water treatment and wastewater treatment. From the outset, logistics was a major issue. The island would require water for guests and staff numbering over 150 people. Wastewater would be treated before discharge. As the island had no Jetty all equipment was barged from Yangon or Kawthaung directly. Amd supplied very large tanks (11,000 – 54,000 Gal) tanks in a prefabricated easy to ship format. Five tanks were erected mostly within six days of commencement at the site. These were used as both raw untreated water and treated water storage. Amd installed a total of eight Pioneer Australian pre-fabricated 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 usage. The resort on Kyun Pila is operated by Memories group with guest transport by boats from Kawthaung.
In 2016, SPA took over this project. They immediately requested Mr Steve Nelson (known for his successful greenfield 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 guests. Water storage and treatment was listed as a prime consideration.