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Services - 17100-2018

13/01/2018    S9    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

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

2018/S 009-017100

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: https://www.ecmwf.int/

Further information can be obtained from: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
United Kingdom
Internet address: https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/suppliers/Copernicus-procurement

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 CAMS_50 Regional production
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:
As the Entrusted Entity for implementing the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) ECMWF will issue an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the operational delivery of the European-scale air quality component of CAMS. The production must be based upon a geographically distributed ensemble of between 8 and 10 individual models and a central processing function to deliver three streams:
— on a daily basis, hourly analyses and forecasts up to + 96h.
— with a delay of a few weeks (in order to maximise the number of observations) interim re-analyses will be produced daily with systems frozen in their configuration of January 1st every year;
— with a delay of up to 2 years (due to the delay in getting fully validated observations), re-analyses will be processed with frozen systems, which are only updated every few years.
All the individual assimilation and forecast systems must be mature, well-validated and operated by their main developers. This aspect is essential so that the operators can directly maintain a steady flow of changes to the numerical codes, in order to include new research developments, to make corrections reflecting findings from verification/validation, and to implement approved changes requested by users. Acquisition of data, monitoring of the production, verification of the outputs, data services and support to the users form the bulk of the activities. We expect that the successful bidder will bring together a group of organisations with proven operational capabilities and track record in air quality assimilation and forecasting.
Duration of the framework agreement is 33 months. Expected starting date of the services is 1.10.2018.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 4 560 000,00 and 5 690 000,00 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 eProcurement 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 eProcurement 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.

See http://www.copernicus.eu/

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: