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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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Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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