Services - 327971-2016

21/09/2016    S182    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

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

2016/S 182-327971

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_23b Provision of Cloud Hosting Services for Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Infrastructure.
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:
A Request for Information (RFI) has been prepared by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) for the purpose of gathering information about the technical and financial feasibility of different scenarios and the solutions provided by cloud hosting services, together with the capabilities of the cloud hosting providers, and the potential benefits that each of these might bring to support the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) infrastructure at ECMWF.
ECMWF is not looking for detailed proposals at this stage, and there will be no commitment on the part of respondents. Responses will however assist ECMWF in understanding the market interest and available options, and hence in influencing its decision to tender for this service and its approach to such. Based on all the inputs received, it is expected to issue a tender in the final quarter of 2016 for providers of cloud compute services.
Estimated cost for the future tender will be established after finalisation of the RFI step therefore there is no financial value attributed to this PIN.
Further information can be found in the RFI document which is published in ECMWF website at: Responses to this RFI should be submitted by email as per the instructions in Clause 1.5 of the RFI document by 12:00 UK local time on 7.10.2016.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 0 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:

Further information can be found in the RFI document which is published in ECMWF website at:

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:
For the future tender procedure to be launched it should be noted that 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: