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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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