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Services - 108767-2017

23/03/2017    S58    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

Italy-Rome: Research and experimental development services

2017/S 058-108767

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca Dipartimento per la Formazione Superiore e per la Ricerca Direzione generale per il coordinamento, la promozione e la valorizzazione della ricerca — Ufficio IV
Michele Carcani 61
Contact point(s): Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale (AgID), Area affari giuridici e contratti — Servizio strategie di procurement e innovazione del mercato
00153 Roma
E-mail: pcpmiur.bando02@agid.gov.it

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.istruzione.it/

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.agid.gov.it/

Further information can be obtained from: Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale
Via Liszt 21
00144 Roma
E-mail: pcpmiur.bando02@agid.gov.it

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity
Other: research and development
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Comune di Lattarico
Via Nicola Mari 29
87010 Cosenza

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

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
‘Reducing the production of biological sludge and maximising energy savings in sewage treatment plants.’ This Prior Information Notice announces an open market consultation and provides information at an early stage on the expected starting date and purchase volume for a pre-commercial procurement (PCP).
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Testing of a limited set of products/services is expected to take place in Cosenza, Catanzaro e Lecce.

NUTS code ITF45,ITF61,ITF63

II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The aim of this procurement is to trigger new solutions to be developed and tested to address the following common challenge faced by the beneficiary administrations (Municipalities of Lattarico, Corigliano Calabro, Guagnano, Rose, Rovito, San Benedetto Ullano, San Martino di Finita, Spezzano della Sila, Zagarise, Cosenza, Dipignano, Montalto Uffugo): ‘To reduce the production of biological sludge and to maximise energy savings in sewage treatment plants’.
The tender has the following objectives:
1. High reduction of the sludge production and the impact on the environment, contributing to the conservation of ecosystems in High Nature Value areas (Natura 2000 areas, Sites of Community Importance (SCI), Special Protection Areas (SPAs)).
2. Simultaneous reduction of energy consumption by maximising plant efficiency at economic and management level.
The proposed solution shall aim at the up-grading and subsequent management of urban and industrial wastewater treatment plants, through the study and optimisation of innovative biotechnologies, which must be easy to integrate with one another and in the existing treatment plants. The solution shall also be applied to the type of purifiers located in the area managed by the beneficiary administrations of this initiative, whose technical requirements will be specified in the contract notice.
The solution will ensure a systematic approach, guaranteeing the improvement of the quality status of the ecosystems protected under EU and national directives (Habitats Directive; Birds Directive; Legislative Decree No 152 of 2006 — ‘the Code on the Environment’; Italian Framework law No 394 of 1991 on ‘Protected Areas’), both through the reduction of impacts generated by the production of excess sludge masses and a significant reduction of energy consumption. Therefore, the eventual subsequent adoption of the solution should also contribute to the achieving of the ‘20-20-20 Renewable Energy Directive’ objectives, adopted also in the Covenant of Mayors, and furthermore outlined in the SEAP.
The implemented solution needs to be more powerful than those currently available on the market in order to ensure the integrated prevention of emissions into air, water and soil, according to the Emissions Limit Values (ELVs) and the quality objectives for SCI (Sites of Community Importance) that might be identified as SPAs and/or included in the Natura 2000 areas.
The largest expenditure item faced by the beneficiary municipalities for the use of purifiers is the energy consumption; thus, the developed solution requires a significant reduction in terms of energy consumption, compared to existing solutions. The adoption of the developed solution could also contribute to the achievement of the SEAP objectives.
The results of R&D are not reserved for the exclusive use of the Contracting Authority (Ministry of Education, University and Research and the above listed administrations); the rights on R&D results will be the subject of prior negotiation between the contracting authority, the beneficiary administrations, the suppliers and other public authorities.
According to Article 158, paragraph 2, of the Code of Public Contracts (Legislative Decree No 50 of 18.4.2016), pre-commercial tenders are excluded from the scope of application of the Code, with the exception of the general principles included therein.
The procurement will take the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) under which R&D service contracts will be awarded to a number of R&D providers in parallel in a phased approach. This will make it possible to compare competing alternative solutions.
Each selected operator will be awarded a framework agreement that covers three R&D phases.
After each phase, intermediate evaluations will be carried out to progressively select the best of the competing solutions. The contractors with the best-value-for-money solutions will be offered a specific contract for the next phase.
The pre-commercial procurement procedure is typically divided into the following three phases:
#Phase 1, ‘Solution design’;
#Phase 2, ‘Prototyping’;
#Phase 3, ‘Original development and validation and testing of a limited set of first products or services’.
The R&D activity is conducted up to the production of a limited quantity of products / services, with the exclusion of large-scale production.
The last phase is awarded to at least two suppliers. The phases will be ruled by a Framework Agreement between the contracting authority and each of the suppliers awarded in Phase 1; for each phase, the contractors may sign a specific contract, subordinated to the Framework Agreement. The Framework Agreement could not be compliant with the definition of Framework Agreement given in Legislative Decree No 50 of 18.4.2016.
The procurement is expected to start in May 2017, over a period of approx. 24 months.
Open market consultation
In preparation for this PCP, all interested operators are invited to take part in an open market consultation (regardless of their geographic location, the size or governance structure of their organization). The open market consultation will be organized in the form of meetings (e.g. live streaming public events), online meetings and Q&A forum.
The open market consultation will provide you with an overview on the procurement objectives, the PCP process and the main clauses of the contract.
Next open event will be held:
— on Tuesday, 4.4.2017, at 10:00;
— at Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale (AgID), via Liszt 21, 00144 Rome, Italy
The event will be held in Italian. During the event, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 1 641 379,76 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:

This prior information notice is related to the same objective of the prior information notice 2016/S 118-210706, of 21.6.2016.

You can participate in the PCP call for tender even if you did not participate in the open market consultation.
Offers will be accepted in Italian.
All communication (before, during and after the procurement) will be carried out in Italian.
All information provided during the open market consultation and other background information will be published online in Italian on the project website.
Taking into account also the market consultation results, the Contracting Authority will evaluate if the tender procedure will be organised in two phases. The contract may be organised into lots. In such a case, the stepwise approach is applied to each lot, independently of each other.
More information:
Please see the project website


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: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: