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Procurement Notice Details
Vacuum pumps [cryogenic pumping system for a double neutral beam injection system]
Purchaser: United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
16/03/2018 S53 - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable
United Kingdom-Abingdon: Vacuum pumps
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Name and addresses
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Culham Science Centre
Contact person: Ben Grainger
Telephone: +44 1235465315
Fax: +44 1235466859
NUTS code: UKJ14
Main address: www.uk-atomic-energy.org.uk
Information about joint procurement
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
Other activity: Fusion Research
Section II: Object
Scope of the procurement
Cryogenic Pumping System for a Double Neutral Beam Injection system.
Main CPV code
Type of contract
Design and Manufacturing support in respect of a cryogenic pumping system for a Double Neutral Beam Injection System.
Estimated total value
Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
Additional CPV code(s)
Place of performance
NUTS code: UKJ14
Main site or place of performance:
Description of the procurement:
The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is a non-departmental government body carrying out research into the potential of nuclear fusion as a future source of energy.
UKAEA requires a cryogenic pumping system for a new Double Neutral Beam Injection system with a pumping speed in the region of 1500 m3/s. The vacuum vessel to be pumped is approximately L3 m x W2 m x H3,5 m in size. The pumping panels will be mounted inside the vessel on the 2 opposite walls which are 3 by 3,5 m. The system must be ultra-high vacuum compatible.
Recent project discussions have highlighted that the broad scope described in the December 2017 PIN (2017/S 174-355828) requires refining. This has led to further revision of our strategy to best approach the complexity of the task and the wide range of interfaces required between UKAEA and a consultant.
UKAEA believe that the successful delivery of the system requires strong collaboration with organisations that have extensive experience of cryopump design and analysis. UKAEA has sufficient in-house capability to perform the baseload engineering tasks but intends to procure the more specialised tasks (such as pumping simulation and cryopanel design) from organisations that have proven experience of NBI cryopump design and manufacture.
UKAEA will therefore lead the project and procure external consultancy to provide technical support at key stages over the course of the project. Examples of work that UKAEA anticipates the consultant to produce as part of this support package include:
— design of cryopanel and radiation shield arrangement that will achieve the required pumping speed (validated by modelling / experiment). Any highly specialised analysis essential to cryopump functionality, including thermal and structural,
— heat transfer modelling and NBI cryogenics optimisation,
— CAD modelling of cryopump (including final Catia V5 model),
— any necessary bespoke performance testing (e.g. flow testing, specific mechanical testing),
— qualification of specialised manufacturing techniques (e.g. hydroforming and charcoal coating of cryopanels).
This PIN has been published to enable market research to commence to assess the reaction of the market to the proposed requirement. UKAEA will conduct a dialogue with the marketplace. This may result in a call for competition based on the content of the requirement achieved through the dialogue.
The following documents provide further detail regarding the description of the requirement:
1. Requirements Datasheet for Double Beamline Cryogenic Pumping.
2. MAST-U ENH Double Beamline Cryopumps — Market sounding questions.
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Interested parties are requested to provide responses to the Market Sounding Questions to the contact named at Section I.1 above.
Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
Section IV: Procedure
Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
Section VI: Complementary information
Date of dispatch of this notice:
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