Tender for Thames Tideway Tunnel

Tender for Thames Tideway Tunnel

The major new sewer is urgently needed to protect the River Thames from increasing pollution. It will help tackle the problem of untreated sewage overflowing from the capital’s Victorian sewers, enabling the UK to meet European environmental standards.

UK-London: construction work

2012/S 213-352570

Periodic indicative notice – utilities

Works

Directive 2004/17/EC
This notice is a call for competition: no
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: no

Section I: Contracting entity

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

Thames Water Utilities Limited
The Point, 7th Floor, 37 North Wharf Road, Paddington
For the attention of: The Supply Chain Manager
W2 1AF London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2031477700
E-mail: procurement@tidewaytunnels.co.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity: http://www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Thames Water Utilities Limited
The Point, 7th Floor, 37 North Wharf Road, Paddington
For the attention of: The Supply Chain Manager
W2 1AF London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2031477700
E-mail: procurement@tidewaytunnels.co.uk
Internet address: http://www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk

I.2)Main activity

Water
I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities

The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: yes

Infrastructure provider and/or Thames Water group company
TBC-see Additional Information
TBC-see Additional Information
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:

Thames Tideway Tunnel.
II.2)Type of contract

Works
II.3)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

The Thames Tideway Tunnel project will modernise London’s sewage system, delivering environmental and economic benefits to the UK’s capital for generations.
The major new sewer is urgently needed to protect the River Thames from increasing pollution. It will help tackle the problem of untreated sewage overflowing from the capital’s Victorian sewers, enabling the UK to meet European environmental standards.
The 7.2m diameter tunnel will broadly follow the River Thames, running 25km long and up to 70m deep. Six custom-built tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will drive under the capital’s existing infrastructure, including bridges, transport and utility tunnels, in-river structures, river walls and buildings.
The project, in addition to comprising a tunnel with deep shafts, pumping stations and system modifications, is also needed to intercept or control 34 combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that discharge into the river.
Delivering the highest quality construction, an unparalleled safety regime and minimal maintenance after completion are key objectives for the project.
The Thames Tideway Tunnel will test the industry’s elite contractors, designers, manufactures and logistic experts. The project demands innovation from the market to ensure it is of the highest calibre and leaves a legacy that will continue to bring benefits to London for the next 100 years and beyond.
With construction expected to take up to seven years, in one of the world’s major cities, the Thames Tideway Tunnel is an exciting and challenging project.
This notice is for the purpose of providing information to the market about the potential procurement and obtaining market feedback prior to the start of the formal procurement. A separate Contract Notice will be issued to start the formal procurement process. Thames Water wishes to gauge market interest in the works and potential applicants are invited to record their interest by following the instructions in section II.8 below.
II.4)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45000000, 45231300, 45232400, 45246400, 45252000, 45252120, 45252127, 45259100, 45259900, 71500000, 79000000, 90400000, 90920000, 43320000, 43123000, 45221200, 45221240, 45221245, 45221248, 45221247, 34930000, 45240000, 98360000

II.5)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract

Scheduled date for start of award procedures: 15.3.2013
II.6)Estimated cost and main terms of financing
II.6.1)Initial estimated cost
II.6.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Thames Water Utilities Limited (“Thames Water”) wishes to alert the market about potential opportunities in relation to the construction works for the Thames Tideway Tunnel (“Works”) and to commence a market consultation exercise to ensure that any procurement for the Works and any related procurement strategy, packages and options are properly informed.
Thames Water wishes to engage with interested parties to develop an approach to the procurement for the Works which may include:
1. Works, design and build execution of all tunnels, shafts and works interfacing with the existing Thames Water systems;
2. Pumping stations and ancillary interface works;
3. Enabling works including power supplies and diversions;
4. Logistics including river transportation of materials and disposal sites;
5. Materials and equipment supply;
6. Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation and Controls (MEICA);
7. Protection of and mitigation works to third party infrastructure;
All Works will be in London, UK, across 21 sites from Acton in the West to Abbey Mills in the East, along and underneath the River Thames and connecting with Lee Tunnel (currently under construction).
Thames Water intends to commence a market consultation exercise with a preliminary consultation with major tier 1 contractors with financial capacity and experience of managing and delivering complex, heavy civils and tunnelling works across multiple sites with all the operational systems, stakeholder and third party interfaces that such works in a modern, thriving capital city involve.
Interested parties who wish to register their interest in the opportunities available in the Thames Tideway Tunnel project and/or to register their interest in taking part in the market consultation exercise should register their interest by email to procurement@tidewaytunnels.co.uk. Emails should be marked “FAO The Supply Chain Manager” and must include the following information:-.

1. The name of the economic operator;
2. The legal status of the economic operator and relevant registered company registration number(s);
3. Contact details (name, position, telephone, email and postal address) for prime contact and any secondary contacts;
4. Area of interest in one (or more) of the categories provided below:-
a) Tier 1 main works;
b) MEICA;
c) Marine transportation / logistics;
d) Provision of tunnel boring machines;
e) Other (stipulate other area).
The deadline for registering interest is 4pm on Friday 23.11.2012.
Thames Water is committed to ensuring a competitive procurement and is committed to fairness, openness and transparency. This Periodic Indicative Notice (PIN) is issued solely for the purpose of commencing a market consultation exercise and does not constitute any commitment by Thames Water or any of Thames Water’s stakeholders to undertake any public procurement exercise in respect of this project or any part of the Works specified in this PIN. Interested parties will not be prejudiced by any response or failure to respond to this PIN or subsequent market consultation exercise. Nor shall a response to this PIN guarantee any invitation to participate in this market consultation exercise or any future procurement process that Thames Water may conduct.
This PIN does not constitute a call for competition to procure any Works and Thames Water is not bound to accept any proposals offered. Thames Water is not liable for any costs, fees or expenses incurred by any party responding to this PIN or any party who may participate in the market consultation exercise. In the event that Thames Water decides to proceed with any procurement of Works it is currently assumed that such procurement will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended), unless any legal requirement requires a different procedure to be adopted.
Additional Information relating to information provided in this PIN:
— I.1) Name, addresses and contact point(s).
— I.3) Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities.
This PIN is published by Thames Water Utilities Limited on behalf of the Thames Tideway Tunnels programme. Any contract(s) for the Works may be let by Thames Water Utilities Limited and/or an infrastructure provider appointed by Thames Water pursuant to s36A-D of the Water Industry Act 1991 and/or a group company of Thames Water subject to the conclusion of definitive and legally binding agreement(s).
— II.3) Short description of the contract or purchase(s).
— Division into lots.
Thames Water reserves the right to procure the construction contract in lots and to award one or more contracts for different work packages, or ultimately, not to award any contract(s). As stated above, Thames Water intends to explore packaging options as part of its market consultation exercise to ensure maximum competition and value for money.
— II.5) Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract.
Thames Water’s procurement timetable envisages that the OJEU contract notice(s) for the Works will be published in second quarter 2013 and that Works will commence in 2015. Thames Water reserves the right to amend and update the timetable.

Section IV: Procedure and administrative information

IV.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting entity:

TTT-PIN1

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Estimated total value of supplies or services contract(s)

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:31.10.2012