Supplies - 184577-2014

03/06/2014    S105    - - Supplies - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

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

2014/S 105-184577

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Met Office
Procurement, Fitzroy Road
For the attention of: Mr Darren Ball
EX1 3PB Exeter
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1392886118
Fax: +44 1134362431

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

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
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:
PIN Early Market Engagement MASS System.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
UK, Devon.

NUTS code UKK4

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Met Office is a Trading Fund within the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, operating on a commercial basis under set targets. As the UK's National Weather Service it provides a range of weather and climate services to a large number of public and private sector organisations. It also represents the UK within the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and plays a prominent role in international meteorology.
Many of the services offered by the Met Office are underpinned by an IBM supercomputer that runs complex multi-model integrations and ensembles of integrations as well as research and development of these models. The Met Office currently plans that a replacement supercomputer be commissioned by 2015 to allow continued model and product enhancements.
The supercomputer is dependent on an archiving system of sufficient capacity and performance to allow the efficient storage of model output data. The current archiving system, known as MASS, will require a significant hardware upgrade to provide the required capacity and performance.
As a result the Met Office is seeking expressions of interest via the Open Procedure within the Official Journal of the European Union. This PIN is the start of a period of Early Supplier Market Engagement that will enable the Met Office to get a full understanding of what the large data storage market can deliver to meet the Met Offices business objectives, further details of which can be found at
The Early Market Engagement period is expected to end with the release of an Invitation to Tender in November 2014 therefore interested suppliers must be sure they are in a position to fully engage with the Met Office during this period.
The MASS system is a business-critical Met Office system and therefore must be highly available and stable. The Met Office will prefer a complete product solution from EITHER a consortium of interested parties OR a single supplier as opposed to building the components of the system ourselves; therefore interested parties must recognise this fact.
If you are interested in this PIN please register your company details on the Met Office eTendering portal here:
Once your registration has been accepted please express your interest in this requirement so that the Early Supplier Market Engagement can be arranged.
The outline requirement for the replacement MASS system is summarised within the “Met Office MASS System Supplier Briefing” document which will be made available from the Met Office's eTendering portal at the above link. The document is subject to change as a result of Early Supplier Market Engagement, funding opportunities and the evolving business requirement.
Please contact Darren Ball: for any queries regarding this PIN.


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)
II.8)Additional information:

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
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: