Services - 324339-2016

17/09/2016    S180    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Reading: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2016/S 180-324339

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
United Kingdom

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
United Kingdom
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.3)Main activity
Other: meteorological services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Copernicus C3S_511 Quality Assessment of ECV Products.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
On Contractor's premises.
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: yes
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
ECMWF as the Entrusted Entity for implementing the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) will issue an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for quality assessment of gridded estimates of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) derived from observations and from climate reanalyses. The objective for this ITT is to ensure that C3S services are consistently informed by the best available data about the observed climate, and that the users of those services receive clear contextual guidance on the implications of uncertainties in the underlying climate data. C3S users include scientists, consultants, planners and policy makers, the media and the general public.
ECMWF is building the technical infrastructure for a distributed Climate Data Store (CDS) that will provide users with a single point of access to a large variety of climate datasets, which may be produced by (and located at) different institutions and data centres. Selection criteria for the CDS catalogue include scientific quality as well as reliability of data access and other technical aspects. ECMWF has issued service contracts for production of Climate Data Records (CDRs) addressing a number of ECVs, and will issue similar contracts for additional ECVs. C3S also supports various activities related to production of global and regional climate reanalyses. In addition, many of the high-quality climate data records already available from international agencies, institutes and research programmes are also considered for inclusion in the CDS catalogue.
This ITT will address the overall scientific quality assessment of ECV products for the CDS. The successful bidder is expected to have access to a broad range of expertise covering the majority of ECVs needed to monitor the global impacts of climate change. The scope of activities will include assessment of ECV products delivered to ECMWF via service contracts, as well as comparable ECV products available elsewhere. Assessments should refer to surveys of existing literature and product documentation, supplemented by targeted studies carried out by the contractor. Assessments should probe the degree of consistency among products addressing different ECVs as well as characterising their uncertainties, e.g. by investigating energy budgets, consistency of the hydrological cycle, etc.
The preferred bidder is expected to liaise with the ‘Fitness-for-Purpose’ function that the European Commission has put in place in order to evaluate the overall performance of the Service.
Contract duration is 48 months.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 4 800 000 and 5 000 000 EUR


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
The procurement for the contract will be conducted in accordance with ECMWF's procedures as set out in ECMWF's Invitation to Tender documents, which will be available on ECMWF's Procurement e-Tender Portal and no other procedures will apply. In submitting this notice ECMWF does not waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as an Intergovernmental Organisation or submit itself to any jurisdiction.
Tenders must be submitted using ECMWF's e Procurement Portal. Hard copy (paper) submissions will not be accepted.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Copernicus — The European Earth Observation Programme.


VI.2)Additional information:
Tenders will not be eligible unless they are submitted by persons or entities based or registered in a member state of the EU or in a member state of ECMWF.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: