Services - 306953-2016

03/09/2016    S170    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Reading: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2016/S 170-306953

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
United Kingdom

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
United Kingdom
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.3)Main activity
Other: meteorological services
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:
Copernicus C3S_311c Satellite Data Rescue.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
On Contractor's premises.
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: yes
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
ECMWF as the Entrusted Entity for implementing the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) is preparing an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for activities in the area of satellite data rescue. The objective is to improve access to data generated by early satellite missions and to render those data useful for further processing, in order that the existing space-based climate record may be enhanced and/or extended further back in time. To this end, a single multi-annual contract will be awarded for a coordinated set of activities that deliver data, software and documentation associated with multiple missions and instruments relevant for climate.
Depending on the instruments and on the current state of the recorded measurement data, contracted activities may include: recovery of original data records from non-standard media; digitisation and reformatting of the data; development of metadata and documentation of information content; implementation of forward models allowing simulation of the data; assessments of data quality against reference data; provision of quality indicators, bias estimates and other error estimates needed to use the data in climate reanalysis.
Priority will be given to activities on data with high potential impact on the quality of the climate record; activities that lead to permanent preservation of level-0 or level-1 data and/or specialist knowledge about the instruments; activities that demonstrate positive impact of the data in climate reanalysis. Coordination of the work with the C3S-funded reprocessing activities undertaken by EUMETSAT is expected.
Contract duration is 48 months.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 740 000 and 2 175 000 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:
The procurement for the contract will be conducted in accordance with ECMWF's procedures as set out in ECMWF's Invitation to Tender documents, which will be available on ECMWF's Procurement e-Tender Portal and no other procedures will apply. In submitting this notice ECMWF does not waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as an Intergovernmental Organisation or submit itself to any jurisdiction.
Tenders must be submitted using ECMWF's eProcurement Portal. Hard copy (paper) submissions will not be accepted.

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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Copernicus — The European Earth Observation Programme.


VI.2)Additional information:
Tenders will not be eligible unless they are submitted by persons or entities based or registered in a member state of the EU or in a member state of ECMWF.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: