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Cyprus-Nicosia: Electrical machinery, apparatus, equipment and consumables; lighting
Contract notice – utilities
Section I: Contracting entity
Section II: Object
EuroAsia Interconnector VSC-HVDC Converters
EuroAsia Interconnector is a multi-terminal VSC-HVDC scheme which will connect Crete and Attica in Greece, Cyprus and Israel, and will comprise four converter stations with sea electrodes, interconnected by cables. The initial development will allow the transfer of minimum 1 000 MW between converter stations and the envisaged voltage level will be ±400 kV or more.
This procurement process concerns the design, manufacture, testing, supply, installation and commissioning of the four HVDC-VSC Converters and the four sea-electrodes including the MVDC submarine cables that are needed to connect them together. One Converter and one sea-electrode will be installed in each location, namely Attica, Crete, Cyprus and Israel.
The places of performance are Attica and Crete in Greece, Cyprus and Israel. Part of the Contract shall be executed offshore in the above locations.
EuroAsia Interconnector is a multi-terminal VSC-HVDC scheme which will connect Crete and Attica in Greece, Cyprus and Israel, and will comprise four converter stations with sea electrodes, interconnected by cables. The initial development will allow the transfer of minimum 1 000 MW between converter stations and the envisaged voltage level will be ±400 kV or more. The scheme will be developed under four tender procedures:
— procurement of the VSC HVDC Converters.
— procurement of the HVDC submarine cables and land cables for Link 1: Israel — Cyprus.
— procurement of the HVDC submarine cables and land cables for Link 2: Cyprus — Crete.
— procurement of the HVDC submarine cables and land cables for Link 3: Crete — Attica.
This tender procedure concerns the first of the abovementioned tender procedures and encompasses the design, manufacture, testing, supply, installation and commissioning of the 4 HVDC-VSC Converters and the 4 sea-electrodes including the MVDC submarine cables that will connect the land MVDC cables at the landing point with the sea electrodes. 1 Converter and its associated sea-electrode will be installed in each of the 4 locations, namely Israel, Cyprus, Crete and Attica.
The sea electrodes will be located:
— in Attica at a distance of 37 km from the landing point at a water depth of 30 m,
— in Crete at a distance of 10 km from the landing point at a water depth of 74 m,
— in Cyprus at a distance of 8 km from the landing point at a water depth of 40 m,
— in Israel at a distance of 46 km from the landing point at a water depth of 190 m.
The number of Tenderers will not be limited to maximum.
All qualified Candidates satisfying the objective criteria will be invited to participate in the Award stage of this negotiated procedure.
To qualify for participation in the Award stage, objective criteria / requirements for the personal situation, the economic and financial standing and the technical and professional ability of the Candidates must be satisfied.
Details for the qualification requirements are provided in the “Invitation to Participate in Negotiated Process with prior Call for Competition” for the Contract with title “EuroAsia Interconnector VSC HVDC Converters” that can be found at www.euroasia-interconnector/procurement
The Economic Operators must request the access to the Ariba platform used for this Pre-qualification phase via email. Detailed information is available in the “Invitation to Participate in Negotiated Process with prior Call for Competition” for the Contract with title “EuroAsia Interconnector VSC HVDC Converters” that can be found at www.euroasia-interconnector/procurement
Details regarding options will be provided to qualified Candidates in the Tender Documents.
EuroAsia Interconnector is a cluster Project of Common Interest (PCI 3.10) of the EU consisting of three PCIs:
— PCI 3.10.1: Israel-Cyprus,
— PCI 3.10.2: Cyprus-Crete,
— PCI 3.10.3: Crete-Attica.
The Project has been approved for grants by CEF in 2 occasions (Action 3.10.1-0028-CY-S-M-14 and Action 3.10.1-0004-CYEL-S-M-16).
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
The full list and details on the requirements are provided in the "Invitation to Participate in Negotiated Process with prior Call for Competition" for the Contract with title "EuroAsia Interconnector VSC HVDC Converters" that can be found at www.euroasia-interconnector/procurement
To participate in the tender procedure, interested economic operators must meet the following requirements.
Concerning their personal situation (Legal Requirements):
a. They must not have been convicted by final judgement and neither have admitted:
— participation in a criminal organisation,
— terrorist offences or offences linked to terrorist or inciting, aiding or abetting an offence,
— money laundering or terrorist financing,
— child labour and other forms of trafficking in human beings.
Exclusion is also applicable if the person convicted by final judgement or having admitted any of the above, is a member of an administrative, management or supervisory body of the Economic Operator or has powers of representation, decision or control therein.
b. They must not be in breach of their obligations relating to the payment of taxes or social security contributions as at the closing date for the submission of Tenders, where these have been established by a judicial or administrative decision having final and binding effect in accordance with the legal provisions of the Republic of Cyprus or with those of the country where they are established.
It is noted that the Contracting Entity can exclude an Economic Operator from participation in the procurement procedure where it can demonstrate by any appropriate means that the Economic Operator is in breach of its obligations relating to the payment of taxes or social security contributions.
c. They must not be bankrupt or the subject of insolvency or winding-up proceedings, their assets must not have administered by a liquidator or by the court, they must not be in an arrangement with creditors, their business activities must not be suspended, and they must not be in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations.
d. They must not be guilty of grave professional misconduct which renders their integrity questionable, as this can be demonstrated by the Contracting Entity by appropriate means.
e. They must not have entered into agreements with other Economic Operators aimed at distorting competition, where the Contracting Entity has reasonably plausible indications to conclude so.
f. They must not have a conflict of interest that cannot be effectively remedied without excluding them from participation in the tender procedure.
g. They must not have distorted the competition from the prior involvement in the preparation of the procurement procedure, unless this can be effectively remedied without excluding them from participation in the tender procedure.
h. They must not have shown significant or persistent deficiencies in the performance of a substantive requirement under a prior public contract, a prior contract with a contracting entity or a prior concession contract which led to early termination of that prior contract, damages or other comparable sanctions.
i. They must not be guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required for the verification of the absence of grounds for exclusion or the fulfilment of the selection criteria, must not have withheld such information or are not able to submit the supporting documents required.
If the Candidate is a consortium of natural and/or legal persons, the above requirements must be met by all consortium members.
The same requirements must be met by the entities whose capacities the Candidate is invoking.
Further requirements / conditions and the forms to be submitted can be found in the invitation at www.euroasia-interconnector/procurement
The objective rules and criteria for participation are described in the “Invitation to Participate in Negotiated Process with prior Call for Competition” for the Contract with title “EuroAsia Interconnector VSC HVDC Converters” that can be found at www.euroasia-interconnector/procurement
It is noted that the Contracting Entity does not intend to limit the number of participants / tenderers to a maximum number and all qualified Candidates will be invited to the Award stage of the process.
The Contracting Entity reserves the right to perform inspections of a Candidate's premises and/or work sites in order to verify the information given under this Pre-qualification stage.
Submission of deposits and/or guarantees is not required during the Pre-qualification stage. The participation guarantee required during the Award Stage, as well as any other guarantees / deposits that will be required during the tender process and/or from the awarded Tenderer / Contractor will be defined in the Tender Documents that will be provided to qualified Candidates.
Details will be provided in the Tender Documents that will be provided to qualified Candidates.
Consortia are not obliged to take a specific legal form in order to participate in the tender procedure.
However, if applicable, the awarded Consortium may be requested to take a specific legal form before the signing of the Contract.
Interested Economic Operators should note that the awarded tenderer may be required to enter into an Interface Agreement with the awarded tenderers of the other procurement procedures related with the implementation of the EuroAsia Interconnector as these are defined in Section II.2.4.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Every Economic Operator being interested in the conclusion of a contract with the Contracting Entity shall be entitled to contest, by lodging an appeal, any enforceable act of the Contracting Entity related to the tender procedure which they consider as affecting their interests in an unlawful manner.
Every appeal, in accordance with the aforementioned, shall be lodged in writing against EuroAsia Interconnector Limited, and should be received within 15 calendar days from the next day of the notification of the appealed decision at the address mentioned in Section VI.4.1, and examined by the responsible Appeals Committee assigned by the Contracting Entity, who after examining the appeal, shall, as soon as possible, issue a justified decision that will be provided in writing to the party lodging the appeal.
If such time limit elapses inactive, it shall be inferred that the appeal has been dismissed.