Gas Network Consultancy Support

Gas Network Consultancy Support

The Framework will provide the Utility Regulator with specialist expertise regarding matters associated with the gas industry in Northern Ireland. External technical advisers will provide strategic and operational gas engineering advice for every aspect of gas network and storage systems.


United Kingdom-Belfast: Consultative engineering and construction services

2014/S 167-297986

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Utility Regulator
Queen’s House, 14 Queen Street
For the attention of: Louise Jamison
BT1 6ED Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2890816346
E-mail: louise.jamison@dfpni.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.uregni.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

Electronic access to information: https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

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

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and 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)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

UR/DETI – Structure and Systems of the Gas Network Consultancy Support.

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

Services
Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Northern Ireland.

NUTS code UKN

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
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 3

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 48

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

Estimated value excluding VAT: 470 000 GBP

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

The Utility Regulator’s primary statutory duty (Energy Order Article 14) is to promote the development of the gas industry in an economically efficient manner. In addition the Utility Regulator has a duty to protect consumers, while ensuring the financial viability of licence holders. In order to deliver on these duties, extensive engineering and regulatory consultancy support is required especially in areas such as price controls for regulated companies or for any additional network extensions. Therefore engineering expertise must be available to advise the Utility Regulator on several substantial projects as identified under technical support and also as and when the need arises.
The Framework will provide the Utility Regulator with specialist expertise regarding matters associated with the gas industry in Northern Ireland. External technical advisers will provide strategic and operational gas engineering advice for every aspect of gas network and storage systems.
Technical support and advice will be required on areas such as regulatory price controls, operational systems, safety governance and benchmarking methods. In addition, the consultants will advise and provide an insight on relevant economic issues pertaining to the establishment and modification of network codes and licences. Technical analysis will be required on areas such as policies, management & operational procedures and advising on industry’s best practice.
The Utility Regulator’s statutory duties extend solely to those of an economic regulator. It has no statutory duties or responsibilities with regard to Health and Safety or to any other matters relating to the physical construction or operation of has networks. However in order to assist the Utility Regulator in carrying outs its duties effectively it will require from time to time advice on engineering matters from specialist advisers.
Responsibility for building and operating physical assets resides with the companies licenced by the Utility Regulator. While the Utility Regulator sets the financial allowances that the licence holder receives for carrying out its activities it does not direct the licence holder as to how these should be carried out. Any engineering advice received will therefore be purely for the purpose of economic regulation and not physical operation or construction.
The Utility Regulator requires a contractor(s) to provide engineering and regulatory consultancy support and advice on Natural Gas industry regulation to the Utility Regulator’s Networks/Gas Directorate. These services are required to help the Utility Regulator discharge its duties in relation to the regulated Energy industry in Northern Ireland.
DETI may be required to call off the services of an energy consultant, if required, to undertake an assessment and technical verification of the new higher pressure gas pipeline(s) which are to receive up to GBP 32,5m grant assistance to provide natural gas to 7 towns in the West of Northern Ireland.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

7131000073000000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)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:
II.2.2)Information about options

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

N/A.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

As per the tender documents.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

N/A.

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: As per the tender documents.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As per the tender documents.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per the tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
[SC1] Company Experience – The contractor and any parties to which work may be sub-contracted as part of the bidding, must demonstrate experience within the last 3 years relating to strategic and operational gas engineering advice, in relation to a Regulatory Environment by providing one example each for the following areas:
(i) Gas Transmission; and
(ii) Gas Distribution;
The contractor and any parties to which work may be sub-contracted as part of the bidding, must demonstrate experience within the last 3 years relating to strategic and operational gas engineering advice, in relation to a Regulatory Environment by providing one example from either of the following areas:
(iii) Gas Production and Utilisation; or
(iv) Gas Metering;
Each of the three examples (maximum of 1 page per example) must include the project title, contract start and completion date, nature of project, contract value and reporting outputs.
To demonstrate that tenderers have experience within the Regulatory Engineering field a two page overview of the organisation along with its core functions and activities must be provided.
[SC2] Project Manager Experience – The Project Manager proposed must demonstrate experience within the last 3 years in providing technical support relating to the gas engineering activities within a Regulatory Environment by providing one example each for the following work areas:
(i) Gas Transmission; and
(ii) Gas Distribution;
The Project Manager proposed must demonstrate experience within the last 3 years in providing technical support relating to the gas engineering activities within a Regulatory Environment by providing one example from either of the following areas:
(iii) Gas Production and Utilisation; or
(iv) Gas Metering;
In the examples provided the Project Manager must also demonstrate experience in overseeing large and complex projects as well as providing ad hoc advice and quality assurance.
Each of the three examples (maximum of 1 page per example) must include the project title, contract start date, brief description of the project, contract value and outcome of the project, individual’s role and responsibility within the project and details to explain how each example demonstrates the Project Manager’s experience requested above. Identified projects should be either close to completion (within 6 months) or fully completed.
[SC3] Senior Consultant Experience – The Senior Consultant(s) proposed must demonstrate experience within the last 3 years in providing technical support and advice relating to the strategic and operational gas engineering advice, in relation to a Regulatory Environment for the following areas:
— price controls;
— network design, performance & costing;
— asset management;
— new development & technologies.
The Senior Consultant(s) must demonstrate experience in at least 2 of the key contract activities set out above, but the team of Senior Consultant(s) as a whole must demonstrate experience of all the key activities set out above. Each Senior Consultant must provide a maximum of 3 examples which must include the project title, contract start date, brief description of the project, contract value and outcome of the project, individual’s role and responsibility within the project and details to explain how each example demonstrates the Senior Consultant(s) experience requested above. Identified projects should be either close to completion (within 6 months) or fully completed.
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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

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

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 authority:

Project_17393

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

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 8.10.2014 – 15:00
Payable documents: no

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

8.10.2014 – 15:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

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

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 8.10.2014 – 15:01
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Only CPD procurement staff with access to the project on eSourcing.

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

This framework agreement will primarily be used by the Utility Regulator but may be used by DETI as well.

Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register – Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ – Enter your correct business and user details – Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete – You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure) 2. Express an Interest in the tender – Login to the portal with the username/password – Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) – Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. – Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. – This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box 3. Responding to the tender – Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) – You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT – There may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

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: CPD 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 Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) 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:

28.8.2014