Supply of IT Infrastructure Services to Northern Gas Networks

Supply of IT Infrastructure Services to Northern Gas Networks

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) currently has a range of infrastructure and related services contracts in place for outsourced provision of IT networks and server infrastructure. NGN intends to replace these contracts as and when they expire in 2015 and 2016.

United Kingdom-Leeds: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2014/S 250-444987

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Northern Gas Networks Limited
1100 Century Way, Thorpe Park Business Park Colton
For the attention of: Michael Parkinson
LS15 8TU Leeds
Telephone: +44 1133970024

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: Utilities

I.3)Main activity

Other: gas distribution, repair,maintainence and asset replacement

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:

NGN IT Infrastructure and Related Services.

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

Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services

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 a single operator

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 3

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

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 500 000 and 6 000 000 GBP

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

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) currently has a range of infrastructure and related services contracts in place for outsourced provision of IT networks and server infrastructure. NGN intends to replace these contracts as and when they expire in 2015 and 2016.
It is anticipated that 4 separate procurement events will be issued and single awards for all 4 activities however NGN reserve the right to combine some of the events The events are as follows:
1) Hosting of a range of computing environments to be used for production, development, testing and prototyping;
2) The provision of an IT network infrastructure and related support for NGN’s Gas System Control function. This is currently the subject of an in-house feasibility study;
3) Applications maintenance services to support and enhance existing NGN business applications;
4) Transition/migration services to manage the safe transfer of infrastructure and related services from current to future service providers, with minimum disruption to the business.
Successful bidders will be expected to manage, operate, maintain, support and improve the infrastructure over the contract term.
The procurement is intended to provide NGN with:
— Secure and reliable access to hosted services, aligned to business needs for availability, capacity, business continuity etc.;
— Rationalisation and optimisation of IT infrastructure, both relative to NGN’s current estate and over the term of any contracts;
— Greater clarity and alignment of accountability for specific elements of the services provided, both over the term of any contracts and also to make end-of-contract exit and future transitions easier to manage;
— Greater cost predictability and lower costs than for the current comparable services;
— Access to different hosting options (depending on business value and suitability of specific applications/services), from dedicated servers/data centres, through to highly virtualised ‘cloud’ based environments, together with the flexibility and capability to progressively move to the latter;
— A reduced carbon footprint, for example through rationalisation, sharing of data centre facilities, and the use of more modern, efficient and sustainable hardware components.
Depending on the responses received, NGN may select a single supplier for the whole procurement. Alternatively, it may select a range of suppliers, each of which will address part of the total requirement.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no


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:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 500 000 and 6 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: Range: between 1 and 3

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 30.6.2015. Completion 31.12.2018

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees 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
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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


IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 100

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 no
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
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

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

31.1.2015 – 17:00
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 of 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
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: