Development of Greenwich Power Station
Seeking participation in a technical dialogue for the development of Greenwich Power Station as a low carbon energy generator.
UK-London: construction works for power plants and heating plants
Periodic indicative notice – utilities
This notice is a call for competition: no
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: no
Section I: Contracting entity
Transport for London – London Underground (Asset Performance Directorate)
81 – 87 High Holborn
Contact point(s): Utilities Contracts – Commercial Directorate
For the attention of: Josie Clement
WC1V 6NU London
Telephone: +44 2070384681
Fax: +44 2070384855
General address of the contracting entity: www.tfl.gov.uk
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Section II: Object of the contract
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Greenwich Power Station (GPS) is TfL/LUL’s single remaining source of non-National Grid electricity. GPS’s primary role is to provide a Central Emergency Power Supply (CEPS) to the TfL/LUL Network. The CEPs permits the safe evacuation of passengers from sub-surface stations in the event of a power supply failure from the National Grid and it forms part of TfL/LUL’s rail safety case.
GPS is currently operated and maintained by UK Power Networks Services Powerlink as part of TfL/LUL’s Power Service Contract (PSC). The PSC will terminate in August 2013 and the operation of GPS will then return to TfL/LUL.
GPS was refitted in the early 1970s to its current specification of seven open cycle dual fired (natural gas and oil) gas turbine alternators (GTAs), each rated at 11/14.7 MW. This re-fitment resulted in the GPS building being much larger than required for its present operation, for example, the large hall which housed the original steam turbines is now virtually unused.
TfL/LUL is exploring a wide range of options to reduce the carbon emissions of its energy supply and its future energy sourcing. One such option is to develop strategic partnerships to deliver decentralised energy solutions for TfL/LUL and London. The benefits of this approach to both TfL/LUL and London are:
— a direct contribution to achieving the Mayoral targets on CO2 reduction and decentralised energy (http://www.london.gov.uk/who-runs-london/mayor/publication/climate-change-mitigation-energy-strategy),
— cost efficiencies through avoidance of some network related charges,
— development of potential new revenue streams for TfL/LUL,
— increased security of its energy supply,
— mitigation against energy price increase risk,
— developing a source of low carbon energy generation in London.
To assist in the delivery of this strategy, TfL/LUL is looking to have a Technical Dialogue with interested parties to assist in the understanding of how the GPS could be redeveloped to deliver the benefits listed above. The utilisation of heat will also be a key requirement and the Technical Dialogue will look to understand the opportunities to link with potential heat customers such as the Greenwich Peninsula and Heart of East Greenwich heat networks being developed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Greater London Authority (GLA).
This Technical Dialogue will involve:
1) reviewing the technology options available and the timescales for delivery of these;
2) assessing the commercial model and potential markets for the electricity and heat generated;
3) understanding how the GPS could be redeveloped with consideration to the following constraints:
a) compliance with the current CEPs regime in the short to medium term and consideration of long term CEPs replacement opportunities.
b) environmental issues such as air quality & noise pollution, and the extraction impact and licensing issues related to them;
c) potential Grid connection and licensing constraints;
d) the impact on local residents and other stakeholders in London;
4) understanding potential funding and revenue streams;
5) assessing the trade offs between different technologies and scales of development in contributing to the Mayor’s targets for CO2 reduction and the commercial opportunities from the development;
6) understanding the sustainability of the proposed solution.
If you express an interest in participating in the Technical Dialogue, you will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure that details about the GPS and the project are not published outside of this process. Following signing of the confidentiality agreement, you receive a Project Briefing Document, with further details on the GPS and the requirements. The deadline for expressions of interest will be 12 noon on 3.12.2012 and completed responses must be received by 12 noon on 15.3.2013.
It is not the purpose of this Technical Dialogue that suppliers adapt to meet any pre-conceived TfL/LUL requirements. Its purpose is to provide TfL/LUL with information on what is currently available in the market place, thus enabling decisions to be taken to ensure the TfL/LUL strategy and specification is further developed in the full knowledge of what the participating suppliers have to offer whilst still meeting the needs of TfL/LUL. Once TfL/LUL has finalised the strategy review, it will consider what next steps are appropriate.
Site visits will be made available to parties who have expressed an interest in entering into the Technical Dialogue; these will be set up in January 2013.
Should you wish to be involved in the Technical Dialogue, you will initially be required to submit a written response, although there may be some areas of clarification required. Further details on the format for this response will be provided in the Project Briefing Document. TfL/LUL may then request a presentation from you at which point further questions can be tabled by both yourselves and TfL/LUL.
Whilst TfL/LUL does not request disclosure of any sensitive or proprietary information associated with suppliers’ products, it is likely that such information will be disclosed during the dialogue process. TfL/LUL confirms that any information supplied by an interested party which is of a commercially/technically sensitive nature will be treated in the strictest confidence.
It is hoped that you will wish to assist TfL/LUL in developing a solution for GPS and in so delivering a long term low carbon energy solution for London.
This Technical Dialogue is not a stage in a formal competitive process and it should be stated that not participating in this stage will not restrict your ability to participate in any future competitive process run by TfL/LUL with respect to GPS. However, the strategy review may not result in a competitive process.
Any dialogue that has already taken place, outside of this Notice, will be considered as a partial submission until confirmed as fully responded by those suppliers.
The outline timings for these processes are as follows:
Expressions of interest to be received by 12 noon on 3.12.2012.
Confidentiality Agreement signed 12.12.2012.
Project Briefing Document issued by 14.12.2012.
Site Visits January 2013.
Project Briefing Document returned 12 noon on 15.3.2013.
Complete clarification and presentations May 2013.
Once the Technical Dialogue process is complete TfL/LUL will look to finalise its future requirements to decide what competitive processes it will adopt.
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:7.11.2012