Packaging of intermediate level nuclear waste

Packaging of intermediate level nuclear waste

Procurement of robust self-shielded transportable and disposable waste containers/container system to support the Magnox intermediate level waste (ILW) management programme.

UK-Berkeley: packaging of intermediate level nuclear waste

2012/S 91-150977

Contract notice – utilities

Supplies

Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

Magnox Limited
Berkeley Centre
For the attention of: Sarah Deeble
GL13 9PB Berkeley
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1453812685
E-mail: sarah.j.deeble@magnoxsites.com

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity: http://www.magnoxsites.com

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

Electricity
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:

Procurement of robust self-shielded transportable and disposable waste containers/container system to support the Magnox intermediate level waste (ILW) management programme.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Supplies
Purchase
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: 4
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 150 000 000 and 250 000 000 GBP
Frequency and value of the contracts to be awarded: The estimate covers the Magnox requirement and the potential for other Site Licence Compaines (SLC’s) to utilise these frameworks. This is no guarantee of contract or a commitment.

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

Provide a robust self-shielded transportable and disposable waste container/container system that ensures sufficient radiation shielding and containment of contents, such that they can be managed without the need for additional shielding or physical protection.
The robust self-shielded transportable and disposable waste container/container system shall be suitable for packaging ILW generated from the operation and decommissioning of principally Magnox sites, and potentially other sites across the NDA estate, to a form that will be acceptable for final disposal within the planned UK geological disposal facility.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90521520, 90521200

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: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The objectives of a robust self-shielded waste container/container system are summarised below:
— Provision of a transportable and disposable waste container/container system that ensures sufficient radiation shielding and containment of contents, such that the resulting packages can be managed in the long-term without the need for additional shielding or physical protection,
— Compatibility with the existing design for the Magnox interim storage facility (ISF),
— Evidence that the waste container/container system can be integrated with systems and/or equipment for retrieval and conditioning of waste would be desirable,
— Suitability for an interim storage period of up to 150 years in an ISF and subsequent disposal within the GDF (target lifetime of a waste package is 500 years),
— Provide an IP-2 and/or type B transportable container/container system for Magnox ILW under the International atomic energy agency (IAEA) transport regulations and which is licensed for multilateral transport or within the UK,
— The capability of the waste container/container system to be licensed for transport of fissile material will be required.
The waste containers must be less than 25 tonnes in weight and have maximum dimensions of 1600mm x 2000mm x 1700mm (height).
The Supplier will be required to provide Consultancy Services in support of the use of the waste containers/container system. The supplier would be expected to be responsive and flexible to proposals to adapt elements of the waste container/container system design to ensure compatibility with Magnox ILW. Willingness to share responsibility of ownership of the design between the supplier and Magnox (and/or NDA) would be desirable.
Underpinning information (such as reports or calculations) is expected to be supplied in order to demonstrate the suitability of the waste containers/container system for all identified Magnox ILW. Information will also be expected to demonstrate acceptability of the waste containers/container system for deployment in the UK during interim storage on sites, off-site transportation and disposal of the packaged waste containers in the GDF.
The Contracting Entity will be responsible for obtaining the necessary approvals for storage in the GDF and the Letter of Compliance Process. The Supplier will be responsible for providing the transport licence for the product.
Award of Contract(s) will be made on a minimum commitment to select suppliers to ensure recovery of investment (i.e. 200 containers). The assumed demand will be no guarantee of demand to the market.
Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 150 000 000 and 250 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: This framework may be subject to a 2 year optional extension at the discretion of the contracting company subject to the conditions described below.
The Contracting Entity anticipates that the supply of containers/container systems could extend over 20 years. As such, the company is committed to working with the supply chain to develop a competitive market for products meeting this demanding specification. To this end the Contracting Entity anticipates a phased approach whereby this procurement represents the first phase of a 2 phase approach with the Market where Phase 1 will represent a nominal 4 year period based on the specification of this procurement and predominantly supply for containers for Magnox Ltd, followed by Phase 2, where a more generic specification is anticipated to accommodate a procurement to accommodate i) design and market developments, ii) the wider NDA estate requirements as a collaborative procurement and iii) alternative design requirements. Given the potential duration of contracts the Contracting Entity may test the market at any time to enable emergent suppliers to participate in the supply of containers to the NDA estate, subject to responses received from the market. Any new procurement, including Phase 2, will include the issue of a new contract notice.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (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:

Performance bond and / or parent company guarantees may be specified in the invitation to tender, together with a requirement to offer certification for the transportation of the Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste within the waste container/container system.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

These will be specified in the invitation to tender.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Applicants should be a Limited Company, Plc or equivalent.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions:

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The waste container/container system must be suitable for interim storage, transportation and final disposal in a UK geological disposal facility.
It is the responsibility of the supplier to obtain UK approval for the transportation of the waste containers/container system. Evidence that the waste container/container system design has been assessed for compatibility with the UK geological disposal facility is desirable.
Preference may be given to (1) a proven licensable design or a plan for proving a new or developing system, (2) an economical solution that encompasses the environmentally desirable principles of reduce, reuse, recycle.
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: An economic operator will be ineligible for participation in the tender process where: 1) the operator or its directors or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the economic operator has been convicted of any of the offences listed at Regulation 26 paragraph 1 of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (but subject to paragraph 2 of this Regulation): An economic operator may be judged ineligible for participation in the tender process where 2) any of the grounds set out at Regulation 26 paragraph 5 of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 applies to the economic operator. Economic Operators responding to this Notice shall provide written confirmation as to their status with respect to the matters set out in paragraphs 1 and 5 of Regulation 26.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: A credit/risk agency will be used as part of the financial assessment process. Should the Economic Operators credit/risk level be below average risk level or no rating is given/available, Magnox may request 3 years audited accounts to be submitted. Failure to demonstrate an appropriate credit/risk level as stipulated above will make the economic operator ineligible for participation in the tender process.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Evidence of operation to a documented quality management system compliant with ISO9001:2000 or industry equivalent.
Evidence of an environmental management system compliant with ISO14001 or industry equivalent.
Evidence of a proven container/container system for interim storage, transportation under a suitable licence and acceptance for final disposal in a National intermediate level waste repository.
Evidence of capability of obtaining such licences for waste containers/container systems.
Details of the applicants health, safety and environmental systems.
Details of company size and capabilities including:
— Management structure,
— Capability and capacity for consultancy / professional services,
— Physical assets,
— Manufacturing facilities and,
— Capacity of annual production.
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

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

18.6.2012 – 17:00
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 tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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

Body responsible for mediation procedures

London Court of International Arbitration
70 Fleet Street
EC4 1EU London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: icia@icia.org
Telephone: +44 2079367008
Internet address: http://www.icia.org
Fax: +44 2079367007

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Magnox will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract(s) is communicated to tenderers. The content of the standstill letter will be in accordance with the amended Utilities Contract Regulations (amendments arising out of the Remedies Directive).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:10.5.2012