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City news, 25.08.2006 12:35

Gazprom Neft Holds Meeting on St. Petersburg Business Centre Project

gazprom Gazprom Neft has staged a meeting today to discuss a major project to build a business and administrative centre in St. Petersburg. The forum was convened in the Company’s St. Petersburg office in Galernaya Street.

In attendance were: Saint Petersburg Governor, Valentina Matvienko; Chairman of Gazprom’s Executive Board, Alexey Miller; Gazprom Neft President, Alexander Ryazanov; Gazprom Neft Invest’s General Director, Nikolay Tanayev; representatives of the St. Petersburg Government, as well as heads of six architectural companies – Herzog & de Meuron architekten (Switzerland); Ateliers Jean Nouvel (France); Studio Daniel Libeskind (Germany); Massimilliano Fuksas Architetto (Italy); UK RMJM (Great Britain), and the Office of Metropolitan Architects (Netherlands). These world leading architectural companies had been selected through a preliminary tender and Alexey Miller and Alexander Ryazanov welcomed them to the meeting.

The project to construct the business and administrative centre at Malaya Okhta in St. Petersburg involves a complex of buildings with a dominating skyscraper as a central focus. The Company President, Alexander Ryazanov pointed out that all the architectural firms, having successfully passed the first tender stage, had substantial experience in delivering such unique projects at the highest world level.

During the meeting the head of the general investor and building contractor Gazprom Neft Invest, Nikolay Tanayev reported on the work already completed within the project framework. The architectural concept was also discussed with the invited architects.

The next round of consultation with the architects is scheduled for August 28, when the architectural concept will be discussed in greater detail. In late October the architectural companies are to present their draft proposals for the business and administrative center. Following this, public hearings are to be staged in mid-November where the proposals will be discussed with representatives from the municipal organisations.

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