Tender for Economic Research Services

Tender for Economic Research Services

Provision of Specialist Services in Economic Regulation to Support PC15 and Business Planning Process for PC21.

United Kingdom-Belfast: Economic research services

2016/S 086-152909

Contract notice – utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

NI Water
Westland House
Contact point(s): Sourcing@niwater.com
BT14 6TE Belfast
E-mail: sourcing@niwater.com

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity: www.niwater.com

Address of the buyer profile: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Electronic access to information: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

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


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

C839 — Provision of Specialist Services in Economic Regulation to Support PC15 and Business Planning Process for PC21.

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

Service category No 27: Other services

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):

NI Water wishes to engage subject matter experts to advise on economic regulatory matters throughout the PC15 price control process and to assist with aspects of the PC21 Business Plan. In particular, advice is sought on: (i) Suitable econometric cost assessment techniques which can be used to estimate NI Water’s relative efficiency and to recommend appropriate catch up targets; (ii) Carry out independent assessment of total factor productivity (TFP) and real price effects (RPE) assumptions and make recommendation to NI Water regarding same; (iii) Aspects of NI Water’s revenue allocation framework used to support the design of regulated customer tariffs. While not an exhaustive list, opinion and advice may also be sought on: (i) Identification of any unique attributes or specific characteristics that may give rise to a special factor and assist NI Water in the preparation of Special Factor claims; (ii) The impact to NI Water, its customers and funding providers of a change in the basis of inflation from RPI to CPI; (iii) NI Water’s cost of capital, which will involve separate assessments of the cost of debt and cost of equity components and which reflect NI Water’s unique funding basis and governance structure; (iv) Approaches to capital efficiency; (v) The approach taken by the Utility Regulator on the above matters in their draft and final determinations; (vi) Development and delivery of a data analytics/statistical analysis training programme. It is envisaged that the contract will begin on or soon after 1.7.2016. Work carried out throughout the term of this contract must be undertaken by Key Personnel for whom CV’s have been submitted during this tender process. Where it becomes necessary to replace someone on the contract, e.g. where they leave the company, their replacement on the contract must be in agreement with NI Water.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79311400, 79412000

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

II.1.8)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 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: 72 (from the award of the contract)

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
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

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
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents(except for a DPS)

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

3.6.2016 – 12:00
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

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 3.6.2016

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Northern Ireland Water

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:



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