Seabed Leasing Crown Estate
Further Scottish Leasing (saltire prize projects) and demonstration leases – application window 4.
UK-London: energy and related services
Section I: Contracting authority
The Crown Estate
16 New Burlington Place
Contact point(s): Wave and Tidal Team
For the attention of: John Murphy
W1S 2HX London
Telephone: +44 2078515326
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Seabed within the territorial waters around the UK forming part of The Crown Estate.
NUTS code UK
As the owner of the majority of the seabed within the 12 nautical mile limit of UK territorial waters The Crown Estate has the power to grant leases for the development of wave and tidal energy sites within that area, whilst under the Energy Act 2004 The Crown Estate has the power to license the use of the seabed for the generation of renewable energy on the continental shelf within the UK Renewable Energy Zone. The Crown Estate’s permission is also necessary to place structures on or lay cables over the seabed and the foreshore where it is Crown owned.
Accordingly, The Crown Estate has a central role in the delivery of offshore renewable energy. The Crown Estate has already made available areas of seabed for the development of offshore wind farms in various areas around the seabed within the territorial waters around the UK forming part of The Crown Estate, and for wave and tidal projects.
The Crown Estate is now seeking applicants for the purpose of developing further wave and tidal projects. Expressions of interest are requested for various lease types that will be offered.
Applicants should register on The Crown Estate eTendering portal to gain access to the pre-qualification documents where lease types on offer will be explained.
For each lease type the pre-qualification and award criteria will be similar in most respects. Differences in levels of project funding and technology development will be the main differentiator between those on offer.
When responding to the PQQ you will be able to choose which Lease type(s) you wish to apply for. Depending on the level of interest expressed The Crown Estate reserve the right to cap the number of shortlisted applicants.
The Crown Estate will require the successful applicants to deliver their project to an agreed timeframe. The successful applicants will be responsible for obtaining the requisite statutory development consent(s) (where applicable) and the design, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of their project.
The successful applicants will be required to enter into an Agreement for Lease with The Crown Estate for which an option fee may be charged. The agreement for Lease will offer exclusivity over a defined area of seabed for an initial period, allowing all key consents to be obtained, and include an option to enter into a full Lease providing certain key milestones are met on time. Once all necessary consents have been obtained and other conditions satisfied, the applicant will be able to exercise the option. An annual rental may be charged together with a fee on electricity generated.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: This application process will be controlled using The Crown Estate’s eTendering Portal (https://etendering.thecrownestate.co.uk/web/login.shtml). In order to express interest in the application process, log on to the eTendering Portal, register to participate in the project and submit a pre-qualification questionnaire for the lease option(s) you are interested in and later (for pre-qualified bidders) submit tenders. If you have not done so in the past, interested parties must register to use The Crown Estate’s eTendering Portal. A supplier guide to using the eTendering Portal is available via the help section on the eTendering portal.
Interested parties should note that all questions relating to the interpretation of any part of this tender must be submitted through the eTendering Portal messaging service.
As stated in the relevant Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and preamble followed by the invitation to tender (ITT) and associated preamble.
Section IV: Procedure
Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures) no
Section VI: Complementary information
The publication of this or any other notice is voluntary and does not set a precedent. In publicising this or any other notice, The Crown Estate is not required and does not undertake to comply with any of the legal authorities referred to above and therefore accepts no liability in that respect.
Compliance by candidates with all relevant legislation is required both in the contract award procedure and during the term of any resulting contract. The publication of this notice in no way obliges The Crown Estate to commence any competitive tender process.
The Crown Estate is not and shall not be liable for any costs incurred by those expressing an interest or negotiating or tendering for this contract. The information contained in this notice, including the list of CPV codes, is neither exhaustive nor binding, and may be amended at the time of issue of any further notice or notices or at any other time at the discretion of The Crown Estate. Tenders and all supporting documentation must be priced in pounds sterling.
The dates shown in section IV.3.4 and IV.3.5 for issue of the pre-qualification questionnaire and invitation to tender are indicative only and subject to change at the discretion of The Crown Estate.
The Crown Estate reserves the right not to award a contract, to make whatever changes it sees fit to the structure and timing of the procurement process and to cancel the process in its entirety at any stage.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:10.4.2012