St. Petersburg reflects the country’s extraordinary fate like no other city, and its uniquely rich atmosphere exerts a powerful grip on even the most jaded traveler.
St. Petersburg is a cultural capital of Russia, a five-million inhabitant megapolis with a high level of scientific and industrial development. Shipbuilding, machine-building and power industry have traditionally been our city’s strengths. St. Petersburg manufactures devices and equipment for the aerospace industry, fulfills large orders of the oil & gas sector, including the equipment for Arctic drilling and operations in the extreme latitudes.
Today St. Petersburg is Russia’s major educational and scientific center. Over 350 training and research institutes are located in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg State University, Russia’s oldest higher education institution, was entitled to set its own educational standards.
In the recent years, new economic sectors have been intensely evolving here, represented by motor vehicle, pharmaceutical, IT and biotechnology clusters. The St. Petersburg IT cluster is one of the headmost in Russia. It accounts for about 20 per cent of Russia’s IT export. The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, also referred to as Russia’s Davos, is a major global event. Every year hundreds of representatives of the world’s business elite, top managers of largest corporations, reputed statespersons and politicians take part in the Forum events.
St. Petersburg is the largest treasury of world art. The Hermitage is known all over the world, being one of the world’s biggest museums, where over three million showpieces are presented and works of art – paintings, sculptures, jewelry – created in the course of several thousand years of the world’s history are exhibited.
The Mariinsky Theater (Kirov Ballet), which shares the fame with the Bolshoi Theater troupe, is also world-renowned. The Mariinsky Theater is headed by one of the world’s best conductors Valery Gergiev.
St. Petersburg is a great city for sightseeing, with an abundance of art-filled galleries and brilliant architecture to explore. Stroll along the Nevsky Prospekt and have a coffee at a local café, explore north end’s sites like the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum and the intricately decorated Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. Or take a daytrip to the Peterhof Palace & Garden, Peter the Great’s summer palace, which was modeled after France’s Versailles.
In addition to all mentioned above, there are more than 82 shopping malls, with a total area of 4,261,109 m2.
The magical White Nights, the unique combination of the city and the nearby royal residences, unforgettable performances from the stars of music and ballet – all of these things can be enjoyed by St. Petersburg visitors.
Over 2,277 hotels with more than 35 thousand rooms are situated at a reasonable distance from EXPOFORUM and available to the city’s visitors.
Special entry visas will be provided for the delegates and participants of LNG 2022.
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Saint Petersburg now plays an important role in the development of Russian gas industry. It’s one of the biggest gas transmission hubs in Russia. The region’s well-developed pipeline infrastructure allows for direct supplies of natural gas from the Yamal Peninsula to European consumers. Nord Stream is a unique cross-border subsea gas pipeline, and its route starts near Saint Petersburg. In the nearest future, by the end of 2019, a new gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, will be constructed, bringing the annual capacity of the northern gas transmission corridor beyond Russia to 110 billion cubic meters of gas. This is more than one half of Russian exports of pipeline gas to Europe in 2018.
There are also a few LNG projects developing nearby. Several small-scale gas liquefaction plants will start operation next year, and a large-scale LNG plant, Baltic LNG, is currently being designed to be constructed in Ust-Luga, a town on the Gulf of Finland near Saint Petersburg. The plant’s annual capacity is estimated to exceed 10 million tons. Gazprom is developing the project in partnership with other global gas majors.
Saint Petersburg also has a great scientific and production potential. In the early 1960s, this region got one of Russia’s first underground gas storage facilities, the Gatchinskoye UGS, that is still the world’s only underground gas storage facility in a shallow-dipping aquifer. In 2012, the most powerful compressor station in the world, the Portovaya CS, was built in the Leningrad Region. With a total capacity of 366 MW, the compressor station provides gas supply via the Nord Stream pipeline. The last decade was marked by gas production facilities moving northwards, and so is the gas transmission system. This means that gas is now delivered from the Yamal Peninsula’s largest gas production site via new pipelines across the area surrounding Saint Petersburg.