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Procurement Notice Details

Nsi — enhancement of anra and nrsc capabilities for safety review and assessment of radioactive waste management facilities and activities (a3.01/13)

Purchaser: European Union, represented by the European Commission, on behalf of and for the account of the partner country
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23/07/2015 S140 External aid programmes - Service contract - Contract notice - Restricted procedure
Armenia-Yerevan: NSI — Enhancement of ANRA and NRSC capabilities for safety review and assessment of radioactive waste management facilities and activities (A3.01/13)

2015/S 140-257657

Service contract notice

Location — Armenia

Publication reference:
Programme title:
Financing agreement.
Contracting authority:
European Union, represented by the European Commission, on behalf of and for the account of the partner country, Yerevan, ARMENIA.

Contract specification

Nature of contract:
Contract description:
The overall objective of this project is to improve radioactive waste management in the Republic of Armenia. The project is aimed at strengthening the capacity of the national regulatory body, the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ANRA) and its technical support organisation, the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Centre (NRSC) in this area, as well as at enhancing the regulatory framework related to radioactive waste management.
EU knowledge and experience will be transferred to the ANRA and its TSO, with a view to bringing their capabilities in accordance with best EU standards and practice.
The project objectives are the following:
a. to strengthen ANRA and NRSC capabilities in review, assessment and associated decision-making of safety of long-term management of historical solid radioactive waste generated at the NPP;
b. to improve the radioactive waste management safety in the Republic of Armenia and contribute to strengthening of the national infrastructure of radioactive waste management in Armenia;
c. to enhance the regulatory basis on disposal of radioactive waste.
Number and titles of lots:
1 lot.
Maximum budget:
1 000 000 EUR.
Scope for additional services:
The contracting authority may, at its own discretion, extend the project in duration and/or scope subject to the availability of funding up to a maximum not exceeding the length and value of the initial contract. Any extension of the contract would be subject to satisfactory performance by the contractor.

Conditions of participation

Participation is open to all natural persons who are nationals of, and legal persons (participating either individually or in a grouping (consortium) of tenderers) which are effectively established in, a Member State of the European Union or in an eligible country or territory as defined under the Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for financing external action (CIR) for the applicable instrument under which the contract is financed (see also heading 29 below). Participation is also open to international organisations.
All eligible natural and legal persons (as per item 11 above) or groupings of such persons (consortia) may apply.
A consortium may be a permanent, legally-established grouping or a grouping which has been constituted informally for a specific tender procedure. All members of a consortium (i.e., the leader and all other members) are jointly and severally liable to the contracting authority.
The participation of an ineligible natural or legal person (as per item 11) will result in the automatic exclusion of that person. In particular, if that ineligible person belongs to a consortium, the whole consortium will be excluded.
Number of applications:
No more than 1 application can be submitted by a natural or legal person whatever the form of participation (as an individual legal entity or as a leader or member of a consortium submitting an application). In the event that a natural or legal person submits more than 1 application, all applications in which that person has participated will be excluded.
Shortlist alliances prohibited:
Any tenders received from tenderers comprising firms other than those mentioned in the shortlisted application forms will be excluded from this restricted tender procedure unless prior approval from the contracting authority has been obtained (see ‘Practical Guide’ — PRAG 2.4.3). Shortlisted candidates may not form alliances or subcontract to each other for the contract in question.
Grounds for exclusion:
As part of the application form, candidates must submit a signed declaration, included in the standard application form, to the effect that they are not in any of the exclusion situations listed in Section 2.3.3 of the PRAG.
Subcontracting is allowed.
Number of candidates to be shortlisted:
On the basis of the applications received, between 4 and 8 candidates will be invited to submit detailed tenders for this contract. If the number of eligible candidates meeting the selection criteria is less than the minimum of 4, the contracting authority may invite the candidates who satisfy the criteria to submit a tender.

Provisional timetable

Provisional date of invitation to tender:
September 2015.
Provisional commencement date of the contract:
December 2015.
Initial period of implementation of tasks:
24 months.

Selection and award criteria

Selection criteria:
Same criteria for legal and natural persons.
The following selection criteria will be applied to candidates. In the case of applications submitted by a consortium, these selection criteria will be applied to the consortium as a whole:
21.1. Economic and financial capacity of candidate (based on item 3 of the application form). In the case of the candidate being a public body, equivalent information should be provided:
21.1.1. the average annual turnover of the candidate for the last 3 complete accounting years (2012, 2013, 2014) must exceed 1 500 000 EUR. Please adapt the table in the ‘standard application form’ accordingly.
21.2. Professional capacity of candidate (based on items 4 and 5 of the application form):
21.2.1. the candidate must have at least 30 permanent staff members each year for the current year and the 2 previous years (2013, 2014) from which at least:
1. 20 permanent staff members in the field of nuclear safety assessment directly supporting the licensing or regulation activities of a nuclear safety authority;
2. 10 experts performing licensing or regulation activities as permanent staff members employed by an EU nuclear safety authority.
Please adapt table 4 ‘Staff’ of the application form in order to reflect the number of staff for each field.
21.3. Technical capacity of candidate (based on items 5 and 6 of the application form):
21.3.1. the candidate has provided services as leader (i.e. implementation of a minimum of 50 % of the project budget) in at least 1 project in the field of:
i. nuclear safety assessment; and/or
ii. technical support activities;
directly supporting licensing or regulation activities of an EU nuclear safety authority (with a project budget of at least 200 000 EUR);
21.3.2. the projects meeting criterion 21.3.1 above must have been implemented in the EU and together must demonstrate that the candidate has experience in at least 3 of the following technical areas related to nuclear safety assessment and/or regulation of nuclear activities:
— management of low and intermediate level radioactive waste,
— treatment of liquid radioactive waste,
— safety of radioactive waste storage facilities,
— safety of radioactive waste disposal and predisposal facilities,
— establishment of the legal and regulatory basis of radioactive waste management;
21.3.3. the candidate must have proven experience of transferring EU nuclear safety expertise and know-how to organisations in other countries.
Projects used as reference for criteria 21.3.1, 21.3.2 and 21.3.3 must have been implemented at any moment during the reference period (August 2012 to August 2015).
This means that the project the candidate refers to could have been started or completed at any time during the indicated period but it does not necessarily have to be started and completed during that period, nor implemented during the entire period.
Candidates/tenderers are allowed to refer either to projects completed within the reference period (although started earlier) or to projects not yet completed. In the first case the project will be considered in its whole if proper evidence of performance is provided (statement or certificate from the entity which awarded the contract, proof of final payment). In the case of projects still ongoing only the portion satisfactorily completed during the reference period will be taken into consideration. This portion will have to be supported by documentary evidence (similarly to projects completed) also detailing its value. In this case, a precise budget and a description of the tasks which were implemented during the reference period (up to August 2015) shall be added in the detailed description of the project in the application form. Please adapt the table in the submission form accordingly.
If a candidate/tenderer has implemented the project in a consortium, the percentage that the candidate/tenderer has successfully completed (incl. the starting and end date) must be clear from the documentary evidence, together with a description of the nature of the services provided if the selection criteria relating to the pertinence of the experience have been used.
Previous experience which caused breach of contract and termination by a contracting authority shall not be used as reference.
An economic operator may, where appropriate and for a particular contract, rely on the capacities of other entities, regardless of the legal nature of the links which it has with them. It must in that case prove to the contracting authority that it will have at its disposal the resources necessary for performance of the contract, for example by producing an undertaking on the part of those entities to place those resources at its disposal. Such entities, for instance the parent company of the economic operator, must respect the same rules of eligibility and notably that of nationality, as the economic operator.
If more than 8 eligible candidates meet the above selection criteria, the relative strengths and weaknesses of the applications of these candidates must be re-examined to identify the 8 best candidates. The only factors which will be taken into consideration during this re-examination are:
(1) the total number of technical areas for which the candidate has references meeting criterion 21.3.2 above;
(2) if ‘ex aequo’ in the 8th position, the total number of projects meeting criterion 21.3.3 above;
(3) if ‘ex aequo’ in the 8th position, the total number of projects meeting criterion 21.3.1 above.
Award criteria:
Best value for money.


Deadline for receipt of applications:
2.9.2015 (16:00), CET
Any application received by the contracting authority after this deadline will not be considered.
Application format and details to be provided:
Applications must be submitted using the standard application form, the format and instructions of which must be strictly observed. The application form is available from the following Internet address:
Any additional documentation (brochure, letter, etc.) sent with an application will not be taken into consideration.
How applications may be submitted:
Applications must be submitted in English exclusively to the contracting authority in a sealed envelope:
— either by recorded delivery (official postal service) to:
European Commission, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, Unit B6, EuropeAid/136862/DH/SER/AM, avenue du Bourget 1, Office J-59, 01/033, 1049 Brussels, BELGIUM,
— or hand delivered (including courier services) directly to the contracting authority in return for a signed and dated receipt to:
European Commission, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, Unit B6, EuropeAid/136862/DH/SER/AM, avenue du Bourget 1, Office J-59, 01/033, 1049 Brussels, BELGIUM. (Tel. +32 22997916).
N.B.: this department is open from 8:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Thursday and from 8:00 to 16:00 on Friday. It is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and EU Commission holidays.
The contract title and the publication reference (see item 1 above) must be clearly marked on the envelope containing the application and must always be mentioned in all subsequent correspondence with the contracting authority.
Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.
Alteration or withdrawal of applications:
Candidates may alter or withdraw their applications by written notification prior to the deadline for submission of applications. No application may be altered after this deadline.
Any such notification of alteration or withdrawal shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with item 25. The outer envelope (and the relevant inner envelope if used) must be marked ‘Alteration’ or ‘Withdrawal’ as appropriate.
Operational language:
All written communication for this tender procedure and contract must be in English.
Date of publication of prior information notice:
Official Journal: 2015/S 53-091741.
Legal basis:
Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for financing external action and Council Regulation (Euratom) No 237/2014 of 13.12.2013 establishing an Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation.
Additional information:
Due to the nature of the tasks, subcontracting activities up to a maximum of 15 % of the contract value to the local technical support organisation (TSO), Nuclear and Radiation Safety Centre (NRSC), is considered as necessary.
For further information about the eligibility rules, please consult Annex A2a ‘Eligibility programmes 2014–2020’ to the ‘Practical Guide’:
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