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Agreement with new general contractor for St. Petersburg stadium to be signed within week

August 10, 15:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Former general contractor says the arena will not be ready for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
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MOSCOW, August 10. /TASS/. Agreement with a new general contractor for St. Petersburg Zenit Arena stadium to be signed within 7 days, Director of the Center of Planning and Monitoring of the World Cup 2018 Sergei Ambarnov said on Wendesday.

"Agreement with a new contractor will be signed within 7 days," he said. "1,300 people are working, 95% of the subcontractors remain. The number of workers need to be increased many times over," Ambarnov added.

Earlier the St. Petersburg administration said it had notified the stadium’s general contractor, Inzhtransstroy-SPb about cancelling the contract.

According to Inzhtransstroy-SPb, the decision of the St. Petersburg administration to change the general contractor for Zenit Arena stadium on Krestovsky island means that the arena will not be ready for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

"The representatives of the general contractor have been under pressure from the customer for several months, although we are fully committed to continuing construction work. However, changing the general contractor at the stage when the commissioned construction works at the stadium are 85% ready, makes it impossible to finish construction in the next 11 months. Such inconsistent decisions of the St. Petersburg Construction Committee, as well as the ever-changing conditions, lack of an agreed project documentation, unresolved issues with the financing only mean that the stadium will not be ready to host the 2017 Confederations Cup," the statement said.

The matches of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be held in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi on June 17 - July 2, 2017. The St. Petersburg stadium, in particular, was expected to host the final match. Construction of the arena began in the western part of Krestovsky island in 2007. The project was adjusted three times - in 2008, 2010 and 2013. Every time the cost of the stadium increased from the originally estimated 6.7 bln rubles ($106.04 mln). TASS reported earlier that the estimated cost of the arena construction increased by 4.3 bln rubles ($68.06 mln) to 39.2 bln rubles ($620.5 mln).

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