Sewer Level Monitoring

Sewer Level Monitoring

Thames Water seeks proposals relating to the supply, installation, systems integration, maintenance and other related goods and services for Sewer Level Monitors (SLMs). This forms part Thames Water’s AMP5 SCADA programme and part of the AMP6 programme.

UK-Reading: instruments for measuring flow, level and pressure of liquids and gases

2012/S 166-275989

Contract notice – utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

Thames Water Utilities Limited
Procurement Support Centre – 3rd Floor East, C/O Mail Room, Rose Kiln Court
RG2 0BY Reading

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

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.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:

1032 – Sewer Level Monitoring.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Whole of Thames Water region.
NUTS code
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: 2
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 9

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

Thames Water seeks proposals relating to the supply, installation, systems integration, maintenance and other related goods and services for Sewer Level Monitors (SLMs). This forms part Thames Water’s AMP5 SCADA programme and part of the AMP6 programme.
Contracts awarded under the framework agreement may be awarded directly by Thames Water or by one of its approved contractors or approved sub-contractors. Supplier(s) will be expected to offer the same levels of service and commercial benefits to Thames Water and its approved contractors and sub-contractors.
Thames Water reserves the right not to award the framework agreement.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

38420000, 38422000

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Thames water already have about 1000 devices of differing types installed but under the AMP5/AMP6 program expect volume of additional devices to install/replace is forecast at ~3500 units.
The scope may include, the design, supply, install, commissioning and ongoing maintenance of SLMs. The scope may also include complex systems integration and other related services.
Summary of capabilities that the SLMs (Sewer Level Monitors) shall include:
Measurement: Record the level of flow in the sewer preferably by non-contact sensors.
Environment: Suitable for installation in sewer environments in Zone 1 hazardous atmospheres.
Power Supply: Battery powered for a minimum of 3 years with normal communications and alarms.
Installation and Maintenance: Designed and deployed to minimise the need for site visits.
Offsite (Remote) Communications: Typically communicate over GSM, GPRS/G3, using protocols which may include DNP3, WITS DNP3, IEC 60870, IEC 61850, Modbus, SMS, TCP/IP.
Functionality: Integrate with the existing regional SCADA systems which may include Serck SCX6, RTAP and Wonderware Archestra. Local and remote access from the regional SCADA systems for – initial set-up, commissioning, fault diagnostics, configuration and data access. Configuration programming languages such as IEC 61131-3. Time stamping of and logging of events local to the device. Logging frequencies adjustable automatically or remotely. Optional GPS facility to provide the location of RTU. Optional web service to display I/O, alarms, trends and plant mimics may be available.
Detailed information to be provided in the invitation to negotiate.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Any agreement awarded would be for an initial duration of 3 years, with options to extend annually up to a maximum overall term of 9 years.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 108 (from the award of the contract)
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:

Bonds and/or parent company guarantees of performance and financial standing may be required.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

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

Consortia may be required to form a legal entity prior to any award.
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 detailed in section VI.3. and the PQQ.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As detailed in section VI.3. and the PQQ.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As detailed in section VI.3. and the PQQ.
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

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: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: Thames Water reserves the right to conduct an electronic auction, if it wishes to do so, as part of the award criteria for the particular contract/agreement.
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

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

19.9.2012 – 12:00
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

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: Between 3 to 9 years.
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:

Format for requested participation:
All suppliers who wish to respond to this OJEU notice to indicate their interest in the tender, must request a ‘pre-qualification questionnaire’ (PQQ) document. The PQQ will be available upon request via email from

Further instructions for bidders are within the PQQ.
Variants will be accepted, if submitted in addition to a compliant bid.
We intend to invite a number of respondents to tender for this contract. Weighted selection criteria will be used to evaluate the responses to the PQQ, as set out in the PQQ.
Contracts will be under English law.
Thames Water Utilities Limited reserves the right to require further information or clarification from an applicant before considering its response.
Thames Water Utilities Limited reserves the right to exclude an applicant from the procurement process if it is subsequently determined that any information supplied was inaccurate, incomplete or untrue and was relied on for selection purposes.
Thames Water Utilities Limited reserves the right to make no award as a result of this procurement process. Except for the framework agreement(s), if any, concluded with the successful tenderer(s), nothing in the procurement process shall create a contract, whether express or implied, between Thames Water Utilities Limited and any applicant.
Thames Water Utilities Limited (including its employees and advisers) does not make any representations, warranties or other commitments, whether express or implied, in relation to the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the information provided to applicants in this Contact Notice or otherwise in connection with this tender, except as may be specifically agreed in any contract concluded at the end of this tender process.
Thames Water Utilities Limited may disclose any information if required to do so by any applicable laws or regulations (including but not limited to, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to the extent that these may now or in the future apply to Thames Water Utilities Limited), any requirements or guidelines of any competent regulatory body, and any order of any court of competent jurisdiction.

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: Thames Water Utilities Limited 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 Utilities Contracts Regulations (SI 2006 No 6) 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:28.8.2012