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Procurement Notice Details

Research and development services and related consultancy services [modularisation cost reduction study]
UK

Purchaser: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

30/06/2015 S123 Member states - Service contract - Contract notice - Open procedure
I.II.III.IV.VI.
United Kingdom-London: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2015/S 123-225665

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC
Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)
Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
3 Whitehall Place
For the attention of: Leo Dando-Ladenis
SW1A 2AW London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3000682861
E-mail: innovation@decc.gsi.gov.uk
Internet address(es):
General address of the contracting authority: www.decc.gsi.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: www.delta-esourcing.com
Electronic access to information: www.delta-esourcing.com
Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: www.delta-esourcing.com
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
I.2)
Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)
Main activity
General public services
I.4)
Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no
Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)
Description
II.1.1)
Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Modularisation Cost Reduction Study.
II.1.2)
Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
NUTS code UK
II.1.3)
Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)
Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)
Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Research and development services and related consultancy services. Research and experimental development services. Market research services. Research services. DECC wishes to appoint three contractors (or consortia) to undertake three different studies to assess the techniques that could be used to reduce the cost of modularised nuclear electricity generation. Work to date has indicated that advanced manufacturing processes, advanced construction processes, and control and operating systems could reduce the cost of nuclear electricity generation, in particular for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). To inform any policy decisions relating to SMRs, the Department needs to undertake detailed technical and economic work, to review such techniques and processes, and to both qualitatively and quantitatively analyse potential cost reductions of these techniques when applied to both small modular reactors, and large scale nuclear reactors, in comparison to current non-modulatised large nuclear reactors. This ITT is therefore seeking suppliers to perform this work in three different areas, covering the following categories of techniques and processes:
LOT 1: Advanced manufacturing processes.
LOT 2: Advanced assembly, modularisation, and construction.
LOT 3: Control, operation and electric systems.
In proposing a suitable methodology, the contractor must address the full list of objectives outlined in section 3.
The research findings should be presented in a final report, delivered by 31.3.2016.
The work specified here forms part of a wider work programme to build a robust evidence base to inform Ministerial policy decisions on SMRs and needs to be undertaken between September 2015 and March 2016.
These high-level requirements are expanded upon in the Invitation to Tender.
II.1.6)
Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
73000000, 73100000, 79310000
II.1.7)
Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.8)
Lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)
Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)
Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)
Total quantity or scope:
This work will be split into 3 LOTs, representing categories of techniques to reduce costs. The methodology, outputs required, and timetable for the studies will the same for each of these LOTs. The LOTs are:
LOT 1: Advanced manufacturing processes.
This LOT includes, but is not limited to, the following techniques/processes:
—joining techniques (e.g. arc welding, laser welding, electron beam technology);
—cutting (e.g. laser cutting);
—machining (e.g. distortion control, diode laser deposition, laser based cold machining);
—additive manufacturing; hot-isostatic pressing etc..
LOT 2: Advanced assembly, modularisation and construction.
This LOT includes, but is not limited to, the following techniques/processes:
—modularisation of containment, shielding and structural elements so they can be built in factories (e.g. compact or buried containment designs);
—modularisation of safety systems;
—impact of modularisation on maintenance and on the ability to overcome current life-limiting aspects of some reactors, by allowing currently non-replacable parts to be replaced;
—management of modular integration during assembly;
—tolerance management during assembly;
—reducing construction risk.
LOT 3: Control, operation and electric systems.
This LOT includes, but is not limited to, the following techniques / processes:
—Extensibility of control systems for multiple reactor systems and / or over multiple sites;
—Safety and fail-safe operations of control systems;
—Improvement in load following capability.
Many of the techniques and processes that will be covered in these studies are likely to have been applied already to non-nuclear sectors (e.g. other electricity generation, safety critical and high-value manufacturing), whilst others will be new, innovative techniques that are under research and development.
Where appropriate, the outputs of these studies will be expected to feed into the other studies that DECC are funding as part of the SMR techno-economic assessment, including:
—Collation and analysis of evidence;
—Strategic assessment modelling tools;
—Strategic assessment system; and
—Pre-Generic Design Assessment study.
Further details on these projects and guidance on interaction requirements will be provided to successful contractors.
The budget for the LOTS are:
LOT 1: 250 000 GBP excluding VAT.
LOT 2: 250 000 GBP excluding VAT.
LOT 3: 250 000 GBP excluding VAT.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 250 000 and 750 000 GBP
II.2.2)
Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)
Information about renewals
II.3)
Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 7 (from the award of the contract)
Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Advanced manufacturing processes
1)
Short description
This LOT includes, but is not limited to, the following techniques/processes:
—joining techniques (e.g. arc welding, laser welding, electron beam technology);
—cutting (e.g. laser cutting);
—machining (e.g. distortion control, diode laser deposition, laser based cold machining);
—additive manufacturing; hot-isostatic pressing etc.
2)
Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
73000000, 73100000, 79310000
3)
Quantity or scope
LOT 1 value is up to 250 000 GBP excluding VAT. The duration will be up to 7 months. Suppliers can bid for any or all LOTS.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 200 000 and 250 000 GBP
4)
Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 7 (from the award of the contract)
5)
Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Advanced assembly, modularisation, and construction
1)
Short description
LOT 2: Advanced assembly, modularisation and construction.
This LOT includes, but is not limited to, the following techniques/processes:
—modularisation of containment, shielding and structural elements so they can be built in factories (e.g. compact or buried containment designs);
—modularisation of safety systems;
—impact of modularisation on maintenance and on the ability to overcome current life-limiting aspects of some reactors, by allowing currently non-replacable parts to be replaced;
—management of modular integration during assembly;
—tolerance management during assembly;
—reducing construction risk.
2)
Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
73000000, 73100000, 79310000
3)
Quantity or scope
This LOT value is 250 000 GBP. The duration is up to 7 months. Suppliers can bid for any or all LOTs.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 200 000 and 250 000 GBP
4)
Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 7 (from the award of the contract)
5)
Additional information about lots
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Control, operation and electric systems
1)
Short description
LOT 3: Control, operation and electric systems.
This LOT includes, but is not limited to, the following techniques / processes:
—Extensibility of control systems for multiple reactor systems and / or over multiple sites;
—Safety and fail-safe operations of control systems;
—Improvement in load following capability.
Many of the techniques and processes that will be covered in these studies are likely to have been applied already to non-nuclear sectors (e.g. other electricity generation, safety critical and high-value manufacturing), whilst others will be new, innovative techniques that are under research and development.
2)
Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
73000000, 73100000, 79310000
3)
Quantity or scope
This LOT value is 250 000 GBP. The duration is up to 7 months. Suppliers can bid for any or all LOTs.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 200 000 and 250 000 GBP
4)
Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 7 (from the award of the contract)
5)
Additional information about lots
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)
Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)
Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)
Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)
Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)
Other particular conditions
III.2)
Conditions for participation
III.2.1)
Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)
Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) Appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
III.2.3)
Technical capacity
III.2.4)
Information about reserved contracts
III.3)
Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)
Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)
Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)
Type of procedure
IV.1.1)
Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)
Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)
Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)
Award criteria
IV.2.1)
Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)
Information about electronic auction
IV.3)
Administrative information
IV.3.1)
File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
1001/03/2015
IV.3.2)
Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)
Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 10.8.2015 - 11:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)
Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
10.8.2015 - 12:00
IV.3.5)
Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)
Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)
Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)
Conditions for opening of tenders
Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)
Information about recurrence
VI.2)
Information about European Union funds
VI.3)
Additional information
The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:
https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-London:-Research-and-development-services-and-related-consultancy-services./956AA7MSSB
To respond to this opportunity, please click here:
https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/956AA7MSSB
GO Reference: GO-2015625-PRO-6719209.
VI.4)
Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)
Body responsible for appeal procedures
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
3 Whitehall Place
SW1A 2AW London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: innovation@decc.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3000682861
VI.4.2)
Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)
Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)
Date of dispatch of this notice:
25.6.2015


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