Dispersant testing under realistic conditions

Dispersant testing under realistic conditions

International Association of Oil and Gas Producers.

UK-London: services related to the oil and gas industry

2012/S 37-060216

Design contest notice

This contest is covered by: Directive 2004/17/EC (Utilities)

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

International Association of Oil and Gas Producers
209-215 Blackfriars Road
For the attention of: Dr J Campbell
SE1 8NL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2076332352
E-mail: quotes@ogp.org.uk
Fax: +44 2076332350

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity: www.ogp.org.uk

Further information can be obtained from: International Association of Oil and Gas Producers
209-215 Blackfriars Road
For the attention of: Dr J Campbell
SE1 8NL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2076332352
E-mail: quotes@ogp.org.uk
Fax: +44 2076332350
Internet address: www.ogp.org.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: International Association of Oil and Gas Producers
209-215 Blackfriars Road
For the attention of: Dr J Campbell
SE1 8NL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2076332352
E-mail: quotes@ogp.org.uk
Fax: +44 2076332350
Internet address: www.ogp.org.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: International Association of Oil and Gas Producers
209-215 Blackfriars Road
For the attention of: Dr J Campbell
SE1 8NL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2076332352
E-mail: quotes@ogp.org.uk
Fax: +44 2076332350
Internet address: www.ogp.org.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
1.3)Main activity

Exploration and extraction of gas and oil
1.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities

Section II: Object of the design contest/description of the project

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the design contest/project by the contracting authority/entity:

Dispersant testing under realistic conditions.
II.1.2)Short description:

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) in support of the Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology – Joint Industry Programme (JIP) is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) to conduct research investigations in the areas of dispersant testing under realistic conditions. This project has 3 primary goals:
1. Conduct large-scale basin and field-demonstration tests on the efficacy of chemical dispersant and mineral fines in Arctic marine waters to define the operational limits of each with respect to oil type, oil viscosity, ice cover (type and concentration), and mixing energy (natural, water jet, and propeller wash);
2. Understand the operational needs for dispersant and mineral fines application via boats, planes, and helicopters in Arctic environments;
3. Define the regulatory requirements and permitting process for dispersant and mineral fines use for each Arctic nation/region.
Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the myTenders web site at http://www.myTenders.org/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=85818.

II.1.3)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

76000000

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Criteria for the selection of participants:

Innovative approach and proven track record.
III.2)Information about a particular profession

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of contest

Open
IV.2)Names of participants already selected
IV.3)Criteria to be applied in the evaluation of projects:

Innovative approach.
Proven track record in oil spill mitigation.
IV.4)Administrative information
IV.4.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority/entity:
IV.4.2)Conditions for obtaining contractual documents and additional documents
IV.4.3)Time-limit for receipt of projects or requests to participate

Date: 12.3.2012 – 16:00
IV.4.4)Date of dispatch of invitations to participate to selected candidates
IV.4.5)Language(s) in which projects or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.5)Rewards and jury
IV.5.1)Information about prize(s):
IV.5.2)Details of payments to all participants
IV.5.3)Follow-up contracts

Any service contract following the contest will be awarded to the winner or one of the winners of the contest: no
IV.5.4)Decision of the jury

The decision of the jury is binding on the contracting authority/entity: yes
IV.5.5)Names of the selected members of the jury

1.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:

1 Description:
The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) in support of the Arctic oil spill response technology – joint industry programme (JIP) is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) to conduct research investigations in the areas of dispersant testing under realistic conditions. This project has three primary goals:
i Conduct large-scale basin and field-demonstration tests on the efficacy of chemical dispersant and mineral fines in Arctic marine waters to define the operational limits of each with respect to oil type, oil viscosity, ice cover (type and concentration), and mixing energy (natural, water jet, and propeller wash);
ii Understand the operational needs for dispersant and mineral fines application via boats, planes, and helicopters in Arctic environments;
iii Define the regulatory requirements and permitting process for dispersant and mineral fines use for each Arctic nation/region.
Contracts will be awarded through a 2-stage selection process that identifies and selects contractors to conduct research or studies as part of the JIP. Potential contractors are invited to submit an EOI in the topic areas described below. Contractors preparing successful EOI’s will be invited to prepare detailed, fully-costed proposals, which will then be assessed by the JIP and potentially lead to the award of a contract.
This is a request for EOI only. It is not a request for a fully-costed proposal nor does it guarantee that such a proposal will be requested at a future date. The invitation does not commit OGP to contract for any supply or service. Those responding to this invitation are advised that the OGP will not pay for any costs incurred in preparation of a response to this invitation. Invitations for EOI will be made through www.mytenders.com to appear on the Official Journal of the European Union, through the programme web site, www.arcticresponsetechnology.org, and with direct contact using a vendor list generated by the JIP.

All correspondence and documentation associated with this invitation will be in English. Submissions and information will not be shared with other potential contractors. General information on the Arctic response technology – joint industry programme is detailed below;
2 Background:
Experience with the use of chemical dispersants on spilled oils has predominantly been in offshore and near-shore open waters in temperate and tropical regions. Furthermore, in 2010 during the Macondo oil spill, sub-sea dispersant injection was used for the first time to mitigate effectively shoreline impacts and also to reduce releases of VOCs by limiting the surfacing of fresh oil over the well site. Although the Macondo incident was in deep water, the concept of dispersant injection can be expanded to include point-source dispersant injection in a range of water depths including well control events where the release is above the water surface. As oil exploration and production locations move into colder marine environments, with varying water depths, response operational and safety concerns with protracted cold temperatures and the presence of sea ice must be considered. Dispersing oil with inorganic mineral clays to form oil-mineral aggregates (OMA) has been investigated over the past 10 or more years in laboratory, wave basin, and field tests.
Researchers have examined dispersant effectiveness in cold waters with sea ice in both laboratory scale and wave basin tests using a variety of oils. It has been shown that dispersants, generally, can be >80 % effective in waters down to nearly freezing. Options for increasing surface water mixing energies using vessel propeller wash to promote dispersion have been examined. An alternative gel formulation that penetrates oils slicks more effectively and improves targeting and application monitoring has been created. The formulation is effective on oils made viscous by weathering and cold temperatures.
Research has also shown that mineral fines in turbid coastal waters function naturally to form oil mineral aggregates that remove oil from contaminated shorelines. It was recently demonstrated that high energy streams of mineral fines slurry combined with mixing energy from vessel prop wash promoted rapid OMA formation and dispersion of oil slicks in ice. OMAs, however, require significant volumes of material to treat a given quantity of oil compared to dispersants, but they may provide a means to treat smaller slicks. Observations to date indicate that OMAs can be diluted into the water column by currents and limit oil re-coalescence and resurfacing; limit adhesion to shorelines or aquatic biota; and be degraded by microorganisms.
Both chemical dispersants and OMAs can provide options for response to spills in Arctic regions. Additional information is needed on chemical dispersant delivery, including point source injection, in very cold air temperatures, and targeting in various sea ice conditions. Delivery mechanisms for mineral fines to facilitate OMA formation need to be developed and additional information is needed on minimum mixing energies in various ice conditions. Additional information is needed to evaluate efficacy issues specific to shallow water use of point-source dispersant injection.
Some response options that include dispersants, could result in a dispersant–oil mixture becoming frozen into or on top of ice. For these scenarios studies are needed to evaluate how effective dispersants remain after being mixed into oil for periods of several months and weathered at representative arctic temperatures. Ice conditions to study include, but may not necessarily be limited to oil/dispersant mixtures spilled on top of ice and exposed to air, on top of ice and covered by snow, into brash ice and then frozen, under ice and then frozen. Regulatory approvals and guidelines for use of dispersants and mineral fines in relevant Arctic and subarctic regions need further development and refinement.
This project has 3 primary goals:
i To conduct large-scale basin and field verification tests on the efficacy of dispersant and mineral fines in Arctic marine waters to define the operational limits of each with respect to oil type, oil viscosity, ice cover (type and concentration), and mixing energy (natural, water jet, and prop wash);
ii To understand operational needs for dispersant and mineral fines application via aerial and point source injection in Arctic conditions;
iii To define the regulatory requirements and permitting process for dispersant and mineral fines use for each Arctic nation/region.
3 Requested information:
This EOI will describe research investigations in the following 4 areas:
i Prepare a technology assessment report that identifies and summarises state of the art, reports and research conducted to date on:
(i) the use of dispersant and mineral fines in ice;
(ii) research describing Arctic capable delivery systems, including point-source injection, and
(iii) dispersed oil environmental impacts.
The assessment will identify areas for improvement and will develop a research plan to address areas for improvement with specific recommendations for those areas that would benefit from further research and development and testing. The report must also identify and define the regulatory requirements and permitting process for use of dispersants (liquid or gel) and mineral fines use for each Arctic nation/region and summarise current technical/policy obstacles. Provide specific recommendations to address them. The contractor will facilitate workshops between industry and regulatory staff in the Arctic nations that are interested in obtaining dispersant and/or mineral fines treatment capability;
ii Design a programme to conduct large-scale basin testing and field testing of dispersant and mineral fines efficacy in various sea ice and salinity conditions and a range of oils. The programme will include examination of aerial delivery systems for liquid and gel dispersant formulations in very cold air temperatures. Also include examination of source injection systems for dispersant application under various operational scenarios. Plan to conduct several oil releases and test use of various vessel types with different propeller drives to evaluate surface mixing and to evaluate both aerial and vessel-based application techniques. Plan these tests in parallel with field tests of mineral fines;
iii Prepare a detailed state of knowledge report that summarizes the role, function, benefits, and limitations of chemical dispersant operations as a primary response option in Arctic environments. This is intended to cover all planning, and operational aspects of dispersant use. The potential impacts of this countermeasure on human health and the environment should be addressed;
iv Prepare a detailed state of knowledge report that summarises the role, function, benefits and limitations of mineral fines operations as a response option in Arctic environments. This is intended to cover all planning, and operational aspects of mineral fines use. The potential impacts of this countermeasure on human health and the environment should be addressed.
The duration of this project is expected to be 5 months.
Statements of EOI should be no more than five (5) pages long and should include the following:
— Proposed research scope and the level of effort (type of work: e.g., desk study, laboratory, test tank or field study and duration),
— Description of deliverables,
— Qualification of managers and key personnel who would be providing the service,
— Summary of related experience and expertise with similar work and selected references,
— Proposed partnerships of links to associated research and potential for generating leveraged funds,
— High level assessment of potential risks associated with proposed work. Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) management systems in place (if applicable), and relevant HSE performance.
Cost estimates are not to be included in the EOI.
Contractors will be qualified to conduct the work as outlined above and should demonstrate previous experience in the effective delivery of such services. In addition, the participants in the JIP and OGP view competent performance in HSE as pivotal in any contractual arrangement. Potential venders should indicate how these topics are addressed in their respective undertakings;
4 Review criteria:
The JIP will assess the submissions with regard to their technical approach and innovativeness; the qualifications and capabilities of the company; principal investigators and key personnel; demonstrated contract performance; budget, levels of outside support such as networks, partnerships and links to related research efforts. Information should be provided on HSE as appropriate for the type of work to be performed;
5 Responses:
Potential contractors must provide all relevant information no later than Monday 12.3.2012. Documents should be in ‘pdf’ format and sent to jac@ogp.org.uk. The EOI should provide administrative information, and must include the following as a minimum: name, mailing address, phone number(s), fax number, and e-mail of designated company point of contact;

6 Industry discussions:
JIP representatives may or may not choose to meet with potential contractors. Any discussions would only be for clarification of potential capability to meet the technical requirements of the scope of work. The OGP undertakes to respond to a submitted EOI within 2 working weeks of the closure date of the invitation irrespective of whether the submission has been successful or not;
7 Questions:
Questions regarding this announcement shall be submitted by e-mail to OGP, (to jac@ogp.org.uk). Questions should not contain proprietary or classified information. Responses to questions will be distributed to all potential contractors. OGP does not undertake to respond to questions received within 5 working days of the closure date of the call for expressions of interest.

(MT Ref:85818).

VI.3)Procedures for appeal
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:20.2.2012