The official opening ceremony for a new ice palace (stadium) constructed by Gazprom Neft as part of its “Home Towns” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme has taken place in Muravlenko in the Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous Okrug, attended by Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov and Governor of the Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous Okrug Dmitry Kobylkin.
The sports complex, complete with Olympic-size arena, will become the base for a branch of the Avangard children’s hockey academy, allowing hockey training, figure skating and short-track speed skating to be held year-round. In addition to the 400-seater ice rink, the two-storey building — with total floorspace of almost 6,000 square metres — hosts a gym and a choreography studio.
The standard of technical fittings at the sports complex meets the latest requirements, with a fully accessible environment having been created for people with disabilities — staircases are equipped with ramps and lifts, special showers with floor-mounted tactile tiles have been arranged for the visually impaired, and one of the stands has been designed for wheelchair users.
The ice complex in Muravlenko will be home to the third branch of the Avangard hockey academy to be opened in the Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous Okrug, and is a further important element of the hockey training system for children and young people being developed, with Gazprom Neft’s support, in the regions of Siberia. The appearance of this sports complex in Muravlenko should give new impetus to the development of winter sports in the city.
Commenting on the opening of the ice stadium, Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov said: “Improving quality of life in the regions is the main objective of our ‘Home Towns’ corporate social responsibility programme. And Muravlenko, without a doubt, is, for us, precisely that — one of our home towns, with one of Gazprom Neft’s most important production enterprises located here. And this ice stadium is by no means the first example of our company investing in the development of the city’s social infrastructure. We have, already, built several sports facilities here, as well as residential complexes, and a currently building a large kindergarten.”
Dmitry Kobylkin, Governor of the Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous Okrug, added: “Almost half of Yamal’s residents regularly play football or do sports — a level that puts us in the top-five regions of the country. This is no accident. We began our programme to modernise sports infrastructure seven years ago, and now have every right to talk about the results: 44 sports facilities have been commissioned in the region since 2010, 35 of them by businesses engaged in the fuel and energy industry. Today’s event is a perfect example of the Yamal government’s effective cooperation with Gazprom Neft — well known among Yamal residents as an example of a socially responsible business.”
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Muravlenko is a town in Russia under the jurisdiction of the Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous Okrug, with a total population of 32,500. The town’s most important business and employer is Gazpromneft-Muravlenko, one of Gazprom Neft’s key upstream assets, developing 15 fields throughout the Purovsky and Nadymsky Districts of the Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous Okrug.
The Gazprom Neft “Home Towns” project brings together the company’s various CSR initiatives and projects throughout those regions in which it has a presence. Directed at developing the full social and economic potential of these regions, as well as at improving quality of life, the programme includes initiatives for neighbourhood enhancement, for the development of children’s and public sports facilities, and initiatives in education, health, and in preserving and supporting the culture of the indigenous populations of the Russian Far North.
In addition to the Ice Palace, Gazprom Neft’s investments in Muravlenko in recent years include the construction of the multifunctional Zenit sports complex, the Muravlenko Sports Centre, a summer city stadium with covered stands, and multifunctional sports fields accessible on foot. The company has also financed the construction of two residential blocks, of 120 and 90 apartments, respectively. Construction of a kindergarten (with 230 places) commenced in 2017.