Updating and revision of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydrocarbon prospective onshore regions of the United Kingdom

Updating and revision of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydrocarbon prospective onshore regions of the United Kingdom

Contract value:£0 – £55,000. The updated report should provide fuller information on possible oil and gas activities flowing from the licensing round, so as to provide a full picture of possible shale gas activities; and to assess the possible environmental consequences of those activities, and the scope for mitigating these consequences.

Reference number: TRN 506/10/2012

Deadline date:22/03/2013

This deadline is for… 17.00

Contract value:£0 – £55,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: London

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

 

Description of the contract

Under EU law, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is required to be compiled and subjected to public consultation before the adoption of certain kinds of plans or projects. Case law has established that oil and gas licensing rounds are plans or projects within this category. As part of an SEA preparatory to further onshore oil and gas licensing, DECC published an environmental report and consulted on it in 2010. However, following two seismic events in Lancashire in 2011, caused by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas at Preese Hall near Blackpool, it is now considered necessary in seeking to license further territory for oil and gas exploitation to revise and update that report in the light of later information, and conduct a new consultation on the updated report. The updated report should provide fuller information on possible oil and gas activities flowing from the licensing round, so as to provide a full picture of possible shale gas activities; and to assess the possible environmental consequences of those activities, and the scope for mitigating these consequences, in the light of the latest knowledge including learning from the events in 2011. The revision of the environmental report will involve a review of the existing report and the data on which it is based, collation of newer or additional scientific data, preparation of revised or new reports as appropriate on the environmental implications of the activities within scope. The contractor will also be required to conduct and lead on the consultation on the revised report, and will need to be prepared to interact with public consultees, regulatory bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the industry and academics; and to make recommendations in the light of these consultations to DECC.

 

Classification of the contract

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 9 Months

 

Who to contact

Contact name Ricki Kiff

Organisation name Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Address Area 3B, 3, Whitehall Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2AW

Telephone 0300 068 6042

Extension number:

Fax

Web address www.decc.gov.uk

 

How to apply

If you wish to take part in this procurement please email ricki.kiff@decc.gsi.gov.uk requesting the Invitation to tender. Any late submissions will not be considered. DECC reserves the right to halt the procurement process and to not award a contract. DECC will not be held liable for recovery of costs from unsuccessful bids if a contract is not awarded. All costs will be borne by the bidding organisations. If a contract is created it will be upon DECC terms and conditions, which are available on the main DECC website – www.decc.gov.uk and will be issued to organisations invited to submit a tender bid. Completed tender submission must be returned by post to DECC, address given at the top of this advertisement, by 5pm on the 22nd March 2013. We require 3 hard copies (one of which must be signed). Electronic versions of your bids are to be sent to ricki.kiff@decc.gsi.gov.uk. Interviews, if deemed necessary, will be arranged after the application date.