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United Kingdom-Eastbourne: Public utilities
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Joint Venture for Energy and Sustainability.
Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) is seeking a private sector partner (or partners) to participate and invest in a public-private partnership which may also extend to other local government and public sector related organisations and associated partners within the local DNO region and the UK. Participation may be either by direct participation in the Joint Venture or through the provision of services, works or supplies by the Joint Venture. EBC wants to respond to the energy sector's trilemma of increasing prices, future shortage of supply and the need to reduce carbon emissions. EBC also wants to be prepared for the challenges and uncertainty the food chain will face when major global food regions are under threat from extreme weather patterns. The JV arrangement may involve services, works or supplies being developed and delivered and commercial opportunities taken forward over the next 20-30 years in a number of sectors: Energy, Transport Food, Waste and Water.
The main place of performance will be the geographic areas of Kent, Surrey, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex (the ‘JV Areas’) but may extend to the UK over the life of the joint venture.
The commercial opportunities that would be available for each of the sustainability sectors listed below are based on what EBC and other participants want to achieve over the next 20-30 years. A list of potential starter projects have already been identified and can be found in the MOI. The JV arrangement may involve services, works or supplies being developed and delivered and commercial opportunities taken forward in a number of sectors, summarised below:
— Energy — efficiency, generation, supply, demand and distribution, R and D;
— Transport — cleaner transport and vehicle usage;
— Fresh food production — next generation commercial greenhouses linked with energy generation;
— Fresh fish or protein production — sustainable fish or protein farms linked with energy generation;
— Waste — collection and circular economy;
— Water — supply and adaption.
The final Joint Venture (JV) structure and commercial terms is something that EBC wishes to develop during the negotiation process. EBC's preferred option is to implement an incremental partnership drawing on the approaches developed by joint venture models such as the Hub concept that was developed by the Scottish Futures Trust. However, unlike the Hub model, rather than form a company at the outset for the JV element of the arrangements, the initial proposal is to have a contractual JV which may, if the parties agree, be incorporated during the course of the arrangements. The intention is to put in place a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) which acts as the umbrella or top-level governance arrangement in terms of the relationship with the selected joint venture partner as well as setting out the process in relation to the delivery of projects, supplies, works and services. The SPA is therefore anticipated to set up multiple layers of involvement to cover these different elements.
EBC is willing to discuss the benefits of setting up a joint venture company at the outset with Potential Partners during the procurement process.
The primary purpose of the initial contractual Joint Venture would be to develop business cases and once a business case is developed it could be taken forwards through separate project agreements and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs). The basis of the exact arrangements for each project would come out of the business plan process — these might be an extension of the JV in nature or might be more works/services/supplies based or involve concessions.
The JV will provide (or arrange for the provision of) ‘Partnering Services’ in relation to the needs of the JV Areas and UK JV Areas primarily to provide and deliver (or manage the provision or delivery through its supply chain) of a mixture of energy and sustainability works, services and supplies (‘Transformational Projects’) the beneficiaries of which may be the public participants named in this notice or the wider public, commercial and other organisations based or operating in the UK. . It is anticipated that the Transformational Projects may be delivered through a range of contract and financial structures and may include special purpose vehicles established by the JV and participants in the JV arrangements.
The Partnering Services to be provided by the JV may also include but will not be limited to: Partnering and Collaborative Working; Estate Management; demonstration of Continuous Improvement in Value for Money; Property Development; Supply Chain Management; Funding; Regeneration and Community Involvement; Strategic Estate Planning and Service Planning.
Further details on the structure of the arrangements, the Hub model and scope of projects and Partnering Services can be found in the MOI obtainable from the address in Section 1.3) of this notice: (https://www.sesharedservices.org.uk/esourcing).
As set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire obtainable from the address in Section 1.3) of this notice (https://www.sesharedservices.org.uk/esourcing). The deadline for the submissions of requests to be invited to participate is midnight 18.7.2016.
EBC is seeking a private sector partner (or partners) to participate and invest in a public-private partnership which will be established with the Council and which may also extend to other local government and public sector related organisations and associated partners within the geographic areas of Kent, Surrey, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex (the ‘JV Areas’) and other areas within UK over the life of the joint venture (‘UK JV Areas’). EBC currently undertakes services with and for other local government and public sector bodies and may wish to expand working relationships with and through its selected partner with other local authorities, public sector bodies, their associated partners and statutory successors and organisations created as a result of re-organisation or organizational changes and their wholly owned entities, across the JV Areas and UK. The entities which may participate in this public-private partnership include the following entities (and in each case their statutory successors and organisations created as a result of re-organisation or organizational changes and their wholly owned entities) where they are based or operate within the JV Areas and across the UK:
— Any body listed in the Public Sector Classification Guide of April 2016 published by the Office for National Statistics a copy of which is embedded in the MOI and which can be found at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/nationalaccounts/uksectoraccounts/datasets/publicsectorclassificationguide
— Examples of the entities listed are:
Public Financial and Non-Financial Corporations;
Central Government Departments, Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/A-ZOfCentralGovernment/index.htm
Local Authorities: http://openlylocal.com/councils/all, https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council
National Park Authorities: http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk
Police Forces: http://www.police.uk/?view=force_sites#force_sites
Fire and Rescue Services: http://www.fireservice.co.uk/information/ukfrs
NHS Bodies including Acute Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Mental Health Trusts, Health and Care Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Area Teams, Special Health Authorities, Others and NHS property services: http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/NHSTrustListing.aspx
Registered providers of Social Housing listed by Homes and Communities Agency and in particular those on the list published by it in April 2016: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/current-registered-providers-of-social-housing
— A local asset backed vehicle or asset investment vehicle between a body listed in the Public Sector Classification Guide and a private sector partner;
— Local Enterprise Partnerships: http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/local/localenterprisepartnerships/summaries/
— Educational Establishments which provide compulsory, higher and further education including (without limitation) Academies, Children's Centres, Free Schools, LA Maintained Schools, Special Schools and Universities and Colleges and in particular the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. A list of such bodies can be found here: http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/about.xhtml
— Social Enterprises within Culture and Leisure: http://www.sporta.org/member-directory
— Third Sector and Charities: http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/find-charities
— Any contracting authorities listed in Regulation 2(1) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended);
— Any central government authority as defined by Regulation 2(1) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended) listed by name or class in Schedule 1 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015;
— Any entity which is defined as a utility under Regulation 5 of the Utilities Contract Regulations 2016.
Further information about the process to be followed is contained in the Memorandum of Information available with the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire from the address in Section 1.3) of this notice: (https://www.sesharedservices.org.uk/esourcing). The deadline for the submissions of requests to be invited to participate is midnight 18.7.2016.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
The selected partner will be required to actively participate in the achievement of social and/ or environmental objectives. Accordingly contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social, environmental or other corporate social responsibility considerations. Further details of these conditions will beset out in the procurement documents.
EBC reserve the right to require groupings of contractors to take a particular legal form or to require a single contractor to take primary liability or to require that each party undertakes joint and several liability irrespective of the form of the JV.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
II.I.5) and II.2.6) Estimated Total Value: The value and scope of the joint venture arrangement will be subject to the development of the projects under the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the inclusion of other participants as outlined in this notice and the MOI. Although not guaranteed, the estimated value of the arrangements with the participation of EBC is in the region of 500 000 000 GBP. Although not guaranteed the estimated value of the arrangement during the life of the joint venture including other participants across the UK may extend to an estimated value of approximately 50 000 000 GBP.
IV.1.4) Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue: The Council reserves the right to reduce the number of tenders after the initial tender as set out in the procurement documents but will not be obliged to do so.
All discussions and meetings will be conducted in English, pricing must be in GBP and the process and the contract will be governed and construed in accordance with English law.
Participation and the costs and expenses of doing so are entirely at the risk of economic operators and will not be refunded by the contracting authority under any circumstances. The contracting authority shall not be responsible for any costs, charges or expenses incurred by participants and accepts no liability for any costs, charges or expenses, irrespective of the outcome of the competition, or if the competition is cancelled or postponed.
All dates and time periods specified in this notice are only provisional and the contracting authority reserves the right to change these. The contracting authority reserves the right to not run any form of competition or award any or part of this contract.
Candidates are advised that the contracting authority is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
II.2.10) Information about variants: Variants may be accepted. The basis on which the Council may accept variants will be set out in the procurement documents.