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Okhta Center Tender Closed

Published: April 29, 2008 (Issue # 1369)


ST. PETERSBURG — Arabtec Holding PJSC, the company erecting the world’s tallest building in Dubai, has won a contract to build the 60 billion-ruble ($2.56 billion) headquarters of Gazprom Neft in St. Petersburg.

Arabtec will build the first stage of the planned complex, known as the Okhta Center, which includes a tower that will be about 400 meters (1,050 feet) tall, Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russian natural-gas monopoly Gazprom, said Wednesday in an e-mailed statement.

The skyscraper will include office space as well as entertainment facilities, restaurants and a library, according to the statement. Gazprom Neft is funding 51 percent of the project, while the rest is financed from the city budget in exchange for a 49 percent stake in the complex.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or Unesco, said in January that the proposed skyscraper threatens to disrupt the architecture of the former tsarist capital. The current height limit for buildings in St. Petersburg is set at 48 meters (157 feet).

A St. Petersburg court ruled on Apr. 16 against a lawsuit brought by the Yabloko opposition party that challenged the use of taxpayer money to pay for construction of the building.

Gazprom Neft registered last year as a taxpayer in St. Petersburg, the birthplace of President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Dmitry Medvedev.





 


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Monday, Oct. 20


Amateur pictures from World War I are on display for only one more day at Rosphoto’s exhibition “On Both Sides,” chronicling the conflict through the eyes of observers on both sides of the trenches. The price of entrance to the exhibition is 100 rubles ($2.50).



Tuesday, Oct. 21


The Environment, Health and Safety Committee of AmCham convenes this morning at 9 a.m. in the organization’s office.


Take the chance to pick the brains of Dmitry V. Krivenok, the deputy director of the Economic Development Agency of the Leningrad region, and Mikhail D. Sergeev, the head of the Investment Projects Department, during the meeting with them this morning hosted by SPIBA. RSVP for the event by emailing office@spiba.ru before Oct. 17 if you wish to attend.


Improve your English at Interactive English, the British Book Center’s series of lessons on vocabulary and grammar in an informal atmosphere. Starting at 6 p.m., each month draws attention to different topics in English, with the topic for this month’s lessons being “visual arts.”



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