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SWEE builds solid foundations for Brunei

Sep 28, 2016

Since it began operating in Brunei in 1967, SWEE has maintained a good track record in carrying out and completing many government projects.

The construction and engineering company, a member of the Goldentree Group of Companies, has built some of the country’s most important structures such as pipeline

The iconic Sungai Kebun Bridge in Brunei was built by SWEE and its joint venture partner DAELIM. Credit: SWEE

projects, water reservoirs and treatment plants, the Brunei National Stadium and the Royal Pavilion and Hangar.

In the last few years, SWEE has also participated in significant projects such as rehabilitating the airfield pavement at the Brunei International Airport, upgrading the storage reservoir of the Mengkubau Dam and widening the Jalan Residency.

“Brunei’s private sector development is considerably small, so most large-scale projects involve government funding. The government played a huge role by establishing a flexible regulatory framework that encourages collaboration between the community and international firms,” Chairman John Toh said.

Most of SWEE’s projects are collaborations with the Brunei government, with whom it has a strong, long-standing relationship. Through joint ventures with international companies, SWEE has taken part in larger scale projects such as the Temburong Bridge and Sungai Kebun Bridge.                              

“As a policy of the company, we make sure to finish our projects on time. This has given us a very good reputation with the Brunei government,” said Toh, who is grateful for and proud of the opportunities granted by the government to take part in its infrastructure projects.

For nearly 50 years, SWEE has participated in projects that have improved the business

environment and provided more convenience to Bruneians, all of which have provided it with in-depth knowledge of Brunei, its unique culture and its people.

Also, it prioritizes local manpower in its hiring process and provides training to them throughout the entire project.

“To fully understand the market, you need patience to understand their current conditions and needs. So, we see ourselves as part of the community,” Toh stressed.

Brunei 2016 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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