Fate of dispersed oil under ice

Fate of dispersed oil under ice

International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. UK-London: services related to the oil and gas industry

2012/S 37-060215

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 John 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 John Campbell
SE1 8NL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2076332352
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 John 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 John 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:

Fate of dispersed oil under ice.
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 area of dispersed oil behaviour under ice. The objective of this project is to develop a numerical model capable of predicting the fate of a dispersed oil plume that develops under ice, particularly the resurfacing potential for various scenarios (ice concentration, release type, environmental conditions, oil type, level of turbulence, etc.).
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 similar work.
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: no
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 area of dispersed oil behaviour under ice. The objective of this project is to develop a numerical model capable of predicting the fate of a dispersed oil plume that develops under ice, particularly the resurfacing potential for various scenarios (ice concentration, release type, environmental conditions, oil type, level of turbulence, etc.).
Contracts will be awarded through a two 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 EoIs 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 Oil Spill Response Technology – Joint Industry Programme is detailed below.
2 Background
In recent years, industry has successfully demonstrated that oil can be dispersed in a field of broken ice using natural turbulence, or, if necessary, water-jet or vessel-generated turbulence. These positive results show that dispersants can work in Arctic waters. In 2009, a joint industry project began to study the effects of dispersed oil under Arctic conditions using Arctic organisms. This work has shown that dispersed oil does biodegrade in the Arctic and that Arctic organisms are no more or less sensitive to dispersed oil than temperate species.
One of the requirements for efficient dispersion is adequate mixing in the water column allowing for a cloud of dispersed oil to dissipate rapidly and decrease in concentration: a key parameter is thus the level of turbulence to keep dispersed oil in the water column. In the Arctic, ice cover dampens energy input into the ocean from the wind. This may cause turbulence under ice to be lower compared to an open ocean environment. The decision process leading to use of dispersant could be further enhanced through research on the fate of dispersed oil under ice.
Existing numerical models can determine how quickly dispersed oil plumes will rise on the basis of information on ambient turbulence conditions, dispersed oil droplet distributions, and dispersed oil densities. For these models to predict dispersed oil behaviour under ice, improved understanding of the natural turbulence under a range of ice roughness conditions is needed. Further, additional understanding of the dispersed oil droplet size distributions generated under a range of initial mixing conditions for a range of oils is also required. This project will only focus on understanding turbulence. A separate project will study dispersed oil droplet size.
3 Requested information
The EoI should consider research investigations in the following two areas:
1. Literature review
Prepare a literature review of available information about natural turbulence levels in the top part of the water column in the presence of ice in a range of ice coverage conditions from 0 to 100 %. In particular, analyse available information on the following:
— under-ice roughness that could be encountered in various ice-prone regions,
— the size and behaviour of dispersed oil droplets generated by different oil types (paraffinic, asphaltenic, waxy, naphthenic oils, light – heavy fuel oils) over a range of oil viscosities/oil weathering states,
— the behaviour of oil/dispersant mixtures after exposure on top of ice or encapsulated within ice over a range of time,
— droplet size distributions generated by different turbulence levels and for oil dispersed in ice; and,
— the depth of plume penetration particularly from vessel prop wash studies.
2. Model
Develop software to model under-ice turbulence under various scenarios and the transport of dispersed oil droplets. The model should focus on the upper layer of the water column and handle the range of expected ice concentrations and ice roughness conditions. Run the model to predict natural under-ice turbulence for various ice/environmental scenarios (without oil) and compare results to available field data. If appropriate field data do not exist, develop experimental plans to collect under-ice turbulence data. If the model-predicted under-ice turbulence is consistent with field data, model relevant oil spill in ice dispersant use scenarios, include surface and subsurface dispersant application. Include comparisons of model runs against available field data.
Note: New software source code, including that for subroutines, developed for this project must be open code. This model source code will be shared with other modellers and potentially used in other open source code models.
Contractors can bid either for the whole project or separately for both areas. The literature review is envisioned to take 4 months. If separate contractors are selected for both areas, the modelling development will start afterwards, on the basis of the review.
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 must be qualified to conduct the work as outlined above and should demonstrate previous experience in the effective delivery of similar services. In addition, the participants in the JIP and OGP view competent performance in HSE as pivotal in any contractual arrangement. Potential contractors 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, and 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 (Give three weeks). 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.

The deadline for responses is Monday, 12th March 2012.
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 all EoI within two 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 five working days of the closure date of the call for expressions of interest.

(MT Ref:85831).

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