“This newly completed stretch of road here in Nay Pyi Taw is a demonstration of how using quality bitumen products and proper pavement design can result in a durable road surface that the people of Myanmar can use reliably. We are pleased to discuss opportunities with NIHC to grow our business here in Myanmar. We are already one of the leading bitumen suppliers globally and look forward to bring our expertise here and make a positive impact to Myanmar’s infrastructure growth ambitions,” said Nick Chong, Vice President of Shell Bitumen.

The road trial uses Shell’s 60/70 penetration grade bitumen which has good heat tolerance and resistance to road deformation, making it suitable to Myanmar’s tropical climate. Shell also advised on the pavement design, to ensure a more durable road.

“We are pleased that Shell and NIHC are looking into providing their road construction expertise here in Myanmar. This new development will enable us in the Ministry of Construction to further build quality, durable road infrastructure suitable to Myanmar’s weather, to support the economic growth we see here in the country,” said H.E U Win Khaing, Union Minister, Ministry of Construction.

Shell’s bitumen products have been used to pave numerous highways, roads and other infrastructure projects around the world. In Asia, some projects that use Shell’s bitumen products include the roads surrounding the sports venues used in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Formula One race tracks including Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit, runways at Changi Airport in Singapore, Hong Kong International Airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand – airports receiving large carriers like the Airbus A380.

“We at NIHC are looking forward to working with Shell and the relevant authorities and contractors to supply them with Shell’s high quality products,” said U Maung Kyay, Managing Director, NIHC.

Present during the event were: H.E U Win Khaing, Union Minister, Ministry of Construction; Nick Chong, Vice President for Shell Bitumen; Yasuko Yoshida, Shell Myanmar Country Chair, U Maung Kyay, Managing Director, NIHC; dignitaries and other representatives from the Myanmar government, as well as many key players in Myanmar’s construction sector.