Ex-advisor to Rosneft head took interest in Belgrade airport

Ex-advisor to Rosneft head took interest in Belgrade airport
Roman Trotsenko

The Novaport Holding of Roman Trotsenko, the former advisor to the head of Rosneft, has applied for participation in the privatization of Belgrade airport. Trotsenko is number two Russian contender for this asset after Viktor Vekselberg.⁠

“Today, we have applied for [participation in the privatization of] Belgrade airport. 100% [shares],” Trotsenko said in an interview with RNS on Monday, March 13. “There will be a concession tender.”

According to the businessman, the results of the tender for selecting an investor for Nikola Tesla Belgrade International Airport will be known “in a few weeks” — until the end of March. A Novaport’s representative (the holding through which Trotsenko manages the airport business) has not provided commentaries to RBC.

The Government of Serbia and Nikola Tesla Belgrade Aerodrome management company began searching for partners for the concession on financing and management of the Belgrade airport about a month ago, on February 17. The expected duration of the concession is 25 years.

In 2015, Belgrade airport’s passenger traffic amounted to 4.8 million people (no data for 2016 have been published yet); the total area of the operating terminal is 33 thousand square meters. Belgrade airport, located 12 km west of Belgrade, is the main airport of Serbia. It serves flights from Europe, Russia, and other countries.

A week ago, on March 6, it became known that the Aeroporty regionov (‘Regional airports’) holding, controlled by Viktor Vekselberg’s Renova, also plans to participate in this tender. This was announced by the company’s Director General Evgeny Chudnovsky in an interview with Interfax: “We got interested in this project three years ago, and now we will participate.” An Aeroporty regionov representative confirmed to RBC the holding’s participation in the tender for concluding a concession agreement for Belgrade airport.

Russian companies already have several large assets in Serbia, in particular, the largest oil and gas company in this country – NIS – controlled by Gazprom Neft, Gazprom’s subsidiary.

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