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Enhancing Society Together in Vietnam, the Royal HskoningDHV Story

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent international engineering and project management consultancy that was created in the Netherlands. The company has a longstanding presence in the Vietnam market where it began its work in 1985, when it was appointed by the World Bank/UNDP to undertake the emergency rehabilitation of a sea dyke destroyed by a typhoon. Since then, the company has developed into a strong local market player and a strategic hub for Royal HaskoningDHV operations in South East Asia.

In this edition, Vietnam Business Forum’s Le Phuong spoke to Mr Lars Crombach, Managing Director of Royal HaskoningDHV Vietnam, to find out more on the company’s milestone and recent projects.

Could you please share positive changes after 5 years of the merger of Royal Haskoning and DHV since 2012?

The merger resulted in a great synthesis of expertise and local experience that enables us to apply our multidisciplinary skills and knowledge to provide solutions to today’s challenges and deliver added value to our clients in Industry, Buildings, Maritime, and Water Management sectors. Some of our recent notable projects are the Second Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project (HCMCES-2), funded by the World Bank, and the Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical Complex (NSRP Complex).

A five-year, US$ 495 million project, aims to greatly improve water sanitation in the city and the health of the Saigon River, by treating wastewater from 4 million residents and businesses in the area. Royal HaskoningDHV provides supervision and contract management for the construction of Vietnam’s largest wastewater treatment plant and inceptor.

NSRP Complex project

In supporting Vietnam’s growing domestic demand for refined and petrochemical products, driven by rapid industrialisation and modernization, as the marine engineering consultant taking part in an international consortium, Royal HaskoningDHV provides a more cost-effective layout solutions and later a PMC service (project management & construction) for the marine side of the second largest crude oil refinery (10 tonnes capacity) in the country.

Another big win from the merger is the pooled resources and knowledge integration within the companies. The merger provides a platform that enables our local global experts to exchange their expertise and knowledge, thus aligning with our vision in enhancing society together.

According to you, what role does Vietnam play in the future of Royal HaskoningDHV in Vietnam?

Asia Pacific is a strategic market driven by the rapid development of its countries. Vietnam, on the other hand, plays a crucial role in our operation as our engineering and business hub. Vietnam is also a huge market for the company.

Vietnam has been experiencing a prominent growth despite an economic slowdown in the region in these past few years. Infrastructure development has been the country’s priority to create an ideal investment climate to sustain its economic growth. This presents opportunities and more importantly a positive long-term outlook for our business in Vietnam.

We foresee many new exciting developments in the field of renewable energy, infrastructure and Public Private Partnership kind of projects in the future. We are more than ready to accommodate the country’s growing need for infrastructure with our global experience and local experts.

With over 30 years of experience in Vietnam, according to you, what are the key factors to the success of Royal HaskoningDHV here?

Our people make us successful, which is the reason why we have been investing in knowledge and relationships with almost 200 local staff in the country. Understanding the local market and Vietnamese culture in combination with our international expertise, quickly connecting with people and knowledge across boundaries, no matter how complex the project, are important. With this combination, we can understand the deeper aims and needs of clients while adding more value to projects in the country.

Furthermore, our partnerships with international communities, with the UN (United Nations), the World bank, or the Asian Development for example, as well as bilateral and multilateral between the Vietnamese and with Dutch government, position us very well to participate in key strategic projects such as the Mekong Delta Master plan or the Ho chi Minh City Flood Management program.

Could you please share some information about MOU signed amongst the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam and the Dutch Aviation Vietnam Partners?

The Dutch Aviation Vietnam Partners for International Business (DAV PIB) Programme 2016-2019 is a public-private initiative created with the purpose of joint action for developing trade links, establishing bilateral trade relationships, initiating joint research and development for innovative solutions and developing partnerships between the Dutch and the Vietnamese market civil aviation players.

Our commitment to serving the Vietnamese market is underlined by our participation in the DAV cluster with the appointment of NACO (a company of Royal HaskoningDHV) as the cluster leader and overall programme coordinator. We believe our involvement in this programme will support safe, secure and sustainable civil aviation so we can continue enhancing society together.

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