Seabed Leasing Crown Estate

Seabed Leasing Crown Estate

Further Scottish Leasing (saltire prize projects) and demonstration leases – application window 4.

UK-London: energy and related services

2012/S 71-118304

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

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

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

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

Other: Crown Body
I.3)Main activity

Other: Property Management
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.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Further Scottish Leasing (saltire prize projects) and demonstration leases – application window 4.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

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

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The rapid development of renewable energy capacity is central to the delivery of the EU’s target of a 20 % renewable energy contribution by 2020. Wave and tidal energy is expected to provide a share of the UK’s renewable electricity by this date. As part of this, The Crown Estate is offering interested organisations opportunities to obtain Agreements for Lease and Leases in Seabed within the territorial waters around the UK forming part of The Crown Estate.
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.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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

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
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:

Parent company or other guarantees will be required.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
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: This application process will be controlled using The Crown Estate‚Äôs eTendering Portal ( 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.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As stated in the relevant Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and preamble followed by the invitation to tender (ITT) and associated preamble.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As stated in the relevant Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and preamble followed by the invitation to tender (ITT) and associated preamble.
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

Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures) no
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

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated yes
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:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

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

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

18.5.2012 – 12:00
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

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

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

The Crown Estate is not subject to public procurement regulation and is not, therefore, required to advertise its requirements in the Official Journal of the EU or indeed to comply with any other obligation relating to public procurement which may emanate from the relevant public procurement EU directives.
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.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:10.4.2012