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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

6 Architects to Bid for Gazprom City

Gazprom is inviting six leading global architectural firms to present designs for Gazprom City, a multibillion-dollar real estate development in St. Petersburg.

Gazprom executives and St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko met with the firms yesterday, the company's oil branch, Gazprom Neft, said in an e-mail Wednesday night.

The firms are Switzerland's Herzog & de Meuron, Ateliers Jean Novel of France, RMJM of Britain, the Netherlands' Office for Metropolitan Architects and the studios of Daniel Libeskind and Massimiliano Fuksas.

The project, for which the St. Petersburg government has already pledged 60 billion rubles ($2.2 billion), will help raise the profile of President Vladimir Putin's hometown. A number of state-run companies, including Gazprom Neft, Vneshtorgbank and Transnefteprodukt have decided to relocate to St. Petersburg in recent years.

Gazprom, which sponsors the city's premier-league soccer club, Zenit, is taking a lead role. Besides the Gazprom City project, the company plans to build a new stadium for its soccer team.

Alexei Miller, the company's CEO, also comes from St. Petersburg and worked together with Putin in the city's administration in the 1990s.

The architects will present their drafts for the Gazprom City project at the end of October, Gazprom Neft, known as Sibneft before it was bought by Gazprom last year, said in the e-mail. In November, the designs will be presented at public hearings in which civic organizations will be invited to participate.

The main building in the office park will be a high-rise business center, Gazprom Neft said. The company plans to have its new headquarters in the building. Other tenants are expected to include departments of the city government. A tentative completion date for the project is 2016.