Framework Agreement for the Supply of Herbicides

Framework Agreement for the Supply of Herbicides

A five year nil-value framework agreement with a variable number of suppliers per Lot (See Annex B), for the supply of herbicides for rail-borne and hand spray application onto the Network Rail infrastructure.

United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: Herbicides

2014/S 241-424971

Contract notice – utilities

Supplies

Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Quadrant: MK, Elder Gate
For the attention of: Eugene Melody
MK9 1EN Milton Keynes
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: eugene.melody@networkrail.co.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity: www.networkrail.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for 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)Main activity

Railway services

I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities

The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:

Framework agreement for the provision of herbicides.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Supplies
Purchase
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: United Kingdom.

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 19

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 5

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 6 000 000 and 7 500 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

A five year nil-value framework agreement with a variable number of suppliers per Lot (See Annex B), for the supply of herbicides for rail-borne and hand spray application onto the Network Rail infrastructure.
Each framework supplier shall deliver herbicides (Incoterms DDP) to a number of Network Rail nominated stores around the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, each supplier shall be responsible for the collection and disposal of empty containers, and the storage of any spare product for the following weedspray season.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

24453000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

II.1.8)Information about 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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Range below is the estimated total for 5 weedspray seasons.
See Annex B for detail of each Lot.
Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 6 000 000 and 7 500 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Approved Total Residual Herbicide for train-borne application

1)Short description:

1. To be supplied as a liquid in 1 000 Litre returnable International Bulk Containers (IBC).
2. To have an application rate of between 4 and 6 litres per hectare.
3. Must give a minimum of three months control.
4. Control 95 % of weed species found in the railway environment.
5. Have a clean label, i.e. ‘non-irritant non-harmful’.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

24453000

3)Quantity or scope:

To treat between 10 000 and 20 000 hectares of railway track ballast per season using train-borne equipment.

5)Additional information about lots:

Lot 1 may be awarded to up to three tenderers for the period of the framework agreement to enable the annual rotation of different herbicides with the aim of reducing the spread of undesirable plant species which may have resistence to one or more existing products.

Lot No: 2Lot title: Approved Total Non-residual Contact Herbicide for train-borne application

1)Short description:

1. To be supplied as liquid in 1 000 litre returnable IBC‘s.
2. To have an application rate of between 4 and 6 litres per hectare.
3. Control 95 % of weed species found in the railway environment.
4. Have a clean label, i.e. ‘non-irritant non-harmful’.
5. Have approval for use near water.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

24453000

3)Quantity or scope:

To treat up to 30 000 hectares of railway track ballast per season using train-borne equipment.

5)Additional information about lots:

Lot 2 will be awarded to up to three tenderers for the period of the framework agreement.

Lot No: 3Lot title: Approved Selective Scrub Herbicide for train-borne application

1)Short description:

1. To be supplied as liquid, returnable containers preferred.
2. To have a minimum application rate of between 3 and 5 litres per hectare and a maximum application rate of between 9 and 15 litres per hectare.
3. Capable of controlling Buddleia, Field Horsetail, Bramble and other woody scrub of weed species found on railway embankments.
4. Be safe to apply near the roots of desirable trees without causing collateral damage.
5. Not remain active in the soil for more than three months after application.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

24453000

3)Quantity or scope:

To treat between 2 000 and 8 000 hectares of railway embankment.

5)Additional information about lots:

Lot 3 may be awarded to up to three tenderers for the period of the framework agreement to enable the annual rotation of different herbicides with the aim of reducing the spread of undesirable plant species which may have resistence to one or more existing products.

Lot No: 4Lot title: Total Residual Herbicide to be applied using handspray method

1)Short description:

1. To give a minimum of three months control.
2. To control 95 % of weed species found in the railway environment.
3. Have a clean label, i.e. ‘non-irritant non-harmful’.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

24453000

5)Additional information about lots:

Lot 4 may be awarded to up to three tenderers for the period of the framework agreement to enable the annual rotation of different herbicides with the aim of reducing the spread of undesirable plant species which may have resistence to one or more existing products.

Lot No: 5Lot title: Total Non-Residual Herbicide to be applied using handspray method

1)Short description:

1. To control 95 % of weed species found in the railway environment.
2. To have a clean label, i.e. ‘non-irritant non-harmful’.
3. To have approval for use near water.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

24453000

5)Additional information about lots:

Lot 5 may be awarded to up to three tenderers for the period of the framework agreement to enable the annual rotation of different herbicides with the aim of reducing the spread of undesirable plant species which may have resistence to one or more existing products.

Lot No: 6Lot title: Selective Herbicide for control of Scrub to be applied using handspray method

1)Short description:

1. Capable of controlling Buddleia, Field Horsetail, Bramble and other woody scrub of weed species found on railway embankments.
2. Be safe to apply near the roots of desirable trees without causing collateral damage.
3. Not remain active in the soil for more than three months after application.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

24453000

3)Quantity or scope:

Lot 6 may be awarded to up to three tenderers for the period of the framework agreement to enable the annual rotation of different herbicides with the aim of reducing the spread of undesirable plant species which may have resistence to one or more existing products.

Lot No: 7Lot title: Adjuvant for use with Herbicides

1)Short description:

1. A spray adjuvant that spreads, activates and penetrates through the wax layers of the leaves of weeds and assists with herbicide translocation.
2. Contains a water conditioner for softening hard water.
3. Contains anti-foam to reduce pesticide foaming.
4. Contain a humectant to reduce the rate of evaporation of spray solution from weed leaves.

5. Registered by the UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (www.pesticides.gov.uk).

6. Enables use of reduced rate herbicides.
7. Passes the rail head adhesion test.
8. Be supplied as liquid in 20 Litre containers.
9. Have an application rate of between 100-1000 ml in 200 Litres of water per hectare.
10. Be compatible with approved herbicides currently in the UK market.
11. Have a clean label, i.e. ‘non-irritant non-harmful’.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

24453000

3)Quantity or scope:

Lot 7 may be awarded to up to three tenderers for the period of the framework agreement to enable the annual rotation of different herbicides with the aim of reducing the spread of undesirable plant species which may have resistence to one or more existing products.

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:

Payments shall be made in accordance with the conditions of the framework agreement specified in the tender documents, which in turn will reflect Network Rail’s usual payment terms for this type of framework agreement.
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:

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Applicants are required to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire once they have registered their interest in tendering for the framework agreement.

To register your interest please email eugene.melody@networkrail.co.uk by the deadline of 16:00 31.12.2014.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Applicants are required to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire once they have registered their interest in tendering for the framework agreement.

To register your interest please email: eugene.melody@networkrail.co.uk by the deadline of 16:00 31.12.2014.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Applicants are required to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire once they have registered their interest in tendering for the framework agreement.

To register your interest please email: eugene.melody@networkrail.co.uk by the deadline of 16:00 31.12.2014.

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Negotiated
Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures): no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications or in the invitation to tender or to negotiate

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting entity:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 31.12.2014 – 16:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

5.1.2015 – 16:00
IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Network Rail will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers.
That notification will provide full information on the award decision.
The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.
The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 6) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

9.12.2014

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