Works - 200074-2020

29/04/2020    S84    Works - Contract notice - Negotiated procedure 

United Kingdom-Leeds: Construction work for gas pipelines

2020/S 084-200074

Contract notice – utilities


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: EP UK Investments Ltd
National registration number: 09255154
Postal address: 3175 Century Way, Thorpe Park
Town: Leeds
Postal code: LS15 8ZB
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Jacqueline Roose
Telephone: +44 7710781708

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.6)Main activity

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

High Pressure Gas Pipeline with Associated Above Ground Installations and Pressure Reducing Station in Northern Ireland

II.1.2)Main CPV code
45231220 Construction work for gas pipelines
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

EP UK Investments Ltd (EPUKI) on behalf of EPKL is planning a new high-pressure natural gas pipeline from the existing Belfast Transmission Pipeline to Kilroot Power Station in Northern Ireland. The objective of the Proposed Development is to provide a gas supply to the existing diesel fuelled Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGT) peaking plant at the Kilroot Power Station to enable the units to switch from diesel to gas fuel, and additionally to support potential future development of new natural gas fired generation. Subject to planning it is proposed to have the power station operating on gas by the end of 2022.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 6 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
39340000 Gas network equipment
39341000 Gas pressure equipment
44161110 Gas-distribution network
45231200 Construction work for oil and gas pipelines
45231220 Construction work for gas pipelines
45231221 Gas supply mains construction work
65200000 Gas distribution and related services
65210000 Gas distribution
45333100 Gas regulation equipment installation work
44161100 Gas pipelines
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN13 Antrim and Newtownabbey
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The supplier will be required to provide full turnkey Engineering Design, Procurement and Construction) (EPC) Contract for the delivery of an Above Ground Installation (AGI) at Marshallstown, approximated 2.7 km of high-pressure gas pipeline, a second AGI at Kilroot and adjoining PRS (Pressure Reducing Station) at Kilroot. The scope of services shall include the project management, design, procurement, manufacture, shop testing, inspection, delivery and unloading, construction, installation, welding, health and safety management, painting/coating, inspection, testing and commissioning of the new gas pipeline, the Marshallstown AGI, the Kilroot AGI and the Kilroot PRS.

The project will need to meet the requirements of United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, European and international regulations, orders, directives, BREF and standards, and comply with local permits, licences and codes. The Marshallstown AGI and high-pressure pipeline, greater than 12 ” diameter and > 50 bar pressure, will be constructed on a green field site and the Kilroot AGI and PRS will be constructed on brown field site at Kilroot Power Station.

The majority of the pipeline will be installed underground using an ‘open cut’ method, where a trench is excavated, and pipe laid within it. Once the pipeline is installed, the trench will be back-filled and the land reinstated as far as possible to its original condition. Crossings of roads, including the A2, and any other obstacles will be by underground tunnelling or drilling to avoid disruption of traffic or road closures.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 6 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/11/2020
End: 30/11/2022
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged minimum number: 3
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.1.6)Deposits and guarantees required:

Whilst the date of notification is unknown, it is anticipated that the expected award date will be between 1 November 2020 and 31 December 2021. Guaranteed contract delivery would be required within approximately 18 months of contract award.

III.1.7)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

EP UK Investments Ltd reserve the right to require such assurances as considered necessary and/or the provision of a guarantee, performance bond, direct agreement or collateral warranty from the third-party entities the economic operator wishes to rely on.

III.1.8)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used
Additional information about electronic auction:

EPUKI reserve the right to undertake an eAuction for the supply/award of this requirement; if this step is to be added to the ITN process, EPUKI will provide adequate notification of it's intention to do so.

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 08/06/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 26/06/2020
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 12 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:

This tender process is being conducted in accordance with the negotiated procedure with prior call for competition under Regulation 47 of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016.

Further detail in relation to the requirement and the tender process can be found in the market brochure document made available to all potential bidders at the same time as the selection questionnaire.

During the tender stage, EPUKI reserves the right to undertake negotiations with the remaining bidders or to proceed directly to contract award.

The costs of participating in this tender process shall be borne by each bidder and EPUKI shall have no liability whatsoever to bidders or their advisers for their costs incurred in connection with this procurement.

The advertisement of this opportunity in no way commits EPUKI to award the contract and EPUKI reserves the right to lawfully terminate this tender process in whole or part, for any or all lot(s) at any time.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland
Postal address: Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street
Town: Belfast
Postal code: BT1 3JY
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

There will be a minimum 10 clear calendar day-standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to all economic operators. The standstill period provides time for unsuccessful bidders to challenge the award decision before the contract was entered into. The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (Northern Ireland).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: