Works - 383676-2019

13/08/2019    S155    - - Works - Contract notice - Negotiated procedure 

United Kingdom-Antrim: Gas supply mains construction work

2019/S 155-383676

Contract notice – utilities

Works

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Firmus Energy (Distribution) Ltd
A4/A5 Fergusons Way, Kilbegs Industrial Estate
Antrim
BT41 4LZ
United Kingdom
Contact person: Niamh Magee
E-mail: firmusconstructiontender@carson-mcdowell.com
NUTS code: UKN13

Internet address(es):

Main address: www.firmusenergy.co.uk

I.2)Information about joint procurement
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.firmusenergy.co.uk/publications/category/tender-opportunities
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
Production, transport and distribution of gas and heat

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Firmus Energy Construction and Maintenance Works and Services Contract

II.1.2)Main CPV code
45231221
II.1.3)Type of contract
Works
II.1.4)Short description:

Firmus Energy is currently undergoing the construction of a predominantly polyethylene medium pressure (4 bar) and low pressure (75mbar) gas network and associated domestic and industrial and commercial connections to natural gas within a number of townlands in Northern Ireland including Derry/Londonderry, Limavady, Coleraine, Ballymoney, Ballymena, Antrim, Craigavon (including Lurgan and Portadown), Armagh, Banbridge and Newry. Against this background, Firmus Energy is inviting tenders for works across its development area in Northern Ireland, to include:

— polyethylene main laying (c. 200 km per annum) and service laying (c. 6 700 services per annum),

— emergency response services (responding to c. 3 500 Public Reported Escapes per annum),

— network maintenance and materials logistics.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 96 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
44100000
45231220
45231223
45333100
45333200
45231100
45231110
45231111
45231112
45231221
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN
Main site or place of performance:

— Derry/Londonderry,

— Limavady,

— Coleraine,

— Ballymoney,

— Ballymena,

— Antrim,

— Craigavon (including Lurgan and Portadown),

— Armagh,

— Banbridge, and

— Newry.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Firmus Energy is undertaking a competitive tendering process to enter into a contract with one contractor to meet its requirements as further summarised in the procurement documents.

It is anticipated that the contract will commence on 9.4.2020 and continue thereafter for an initial period of three (3) years (initial period). Following expiry of the initial period, Firmus Energy shall have the option to extend the contract on three (3) subsequent occasions of up to 12 months each.

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: 96 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 72
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

As specified in the pre-qualification questionnaire.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

It is anticipated that the contract will commence on 9.4.2020 and continue thereafter for an initial period of three (3) years (initial period). Following expiry of the initial period, Firmus Energy shall have the option to extend the contract on three (3) subsequent occasions of up to 12 months each.

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
List and brief description of conditions:

As stated in the procurement documents.

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
List and brief description of rules and criteria:

As stated in the procurement documents.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.1.6)Deposits and guarantees required:

Firmus Energy reserves the right to require bonds, deposits, guarantees or other forms of undertaking or security to ensure proper contractual performance. Interested parties should be aware in particular that the successful contractor will be required to provide a performance security bond of 800 000 GBP.

III.1.7)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.8)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Subject to the status and involvement of the parties, Firmus Energy may require the parties to commit to joint and several liability in respect of the contract. Alternatively, Firmus Energy may require the lead operator to take total responsibility or a consortium to form a legal entity before entering into any contract.

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)Description
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
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 099-240814
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 09/09/2019
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (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
VI.3)Additional information:

This contract is being procured competitively in accordance with the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016. The procedure to be followed for this procurement is the negotiated procedure.

Applicants who wish to participate in this procurement will be required to provide contact details to firmusconstructiontender@carson-mcdowell.com upon downloading the procurement documents. Applicants who fail to provide their details or register in this manner will not receive any clarifications or updated information provided by Firmus Energy during the procurement process.

The costs of responding to this notice and participation in the process will be borne by each applicant. All discussions and correspondence will be deemed strictly subject to contract until a formal contract is entered into. The formal contract shall not be binding until it has been signed and dated by the duly authorised representatives of both parties.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland
Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street
Belfast
BT1 3JF
United Kingdom
E-mail: office@courtsni.gov.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Firmus Energy will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of contract is communicated to all applicants. The standstill period provides time for unsuccessful applicants to challenge the award decision before the contract is 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
Firmus Energy (Distribution) Ltd
A4/A5 Fergusons Way, Kilbegs Industrial Estate
Antrim
BT41 4LZ
United Kingdom

Internet address: http://www.firmusenergy.co.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
09/08/2019