Services - 413025-2016

24/11/2016    S227

Luxembourg-Luxembourg: Benchmarking of nuclear technical requirements against WENRA safety reference levels, EU regulatory framework and IAEA standards

2016/S 227-413025

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy, Directorate D — Nuclear Energy, Safety and ITER
Postal address: 1, rue Henri Schnadt, Zone d'activité Cloche d'Or
Town: Luxembourg
NUTS code: LU LUXEMBOURG (GRAND-DUCHÉ)
Postal code: 2530
Country: Luxembourg
E-mail: ENER-LUX-D2-TENDERS@ec.europa.eu
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=2006
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

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

Benchmarking of nuclear technical requirements against WENRA safety reference levels, EU regulatory framework and IAEA standards.

Reference number: ENER/D2/2016-677.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
09300000 Electricity, heating, solar and nuclear energy
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The subject matter of the contract is a study on the benchmarking of nuclear technical requirements against WENRA safety reference levels, EU regulatory framework and IAEA standards.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 200 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: 00 Not specified
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

An important obstacle to timely licensing is that the harmonisation developed by national nuclear safety authorities mainly concerns high-level safety standards. Whilst this is certainly useful to attain a similar level of safety at EU level, it does not contribute significantly to more rapid or generic licensing of new construction projects or to extend the operational life of existing reactors.

Hence, additional work is necessary to detail the harmonisation of safety standards or to further investigate hypothesis and feasibility analysis that underpin possible further action as described below. The Commission wishes to achieve this by building on existing credible initiatives that have already shown added value.

The current ongoing initiatives are listed below together with the respective deliverables expected from the contractor.

1. Deliverable: a benchmarking of the EUR documents against a) all applicable WENRA reference levels, b) IAEA standards and c) requirements of the amended directive on nuclear safety as detailed by ENER/JRC (in development). It will be submitted to both NPPs vendors and nuclear safety authorities for comments/endorsement.

2. Deliverable: a feasibility study on the possibility to extend the existing work performed under the Franco-German ETC initiative to other national legal frameworks and other type of reactors. If the study is positive, it should indicate in detail the steps to be taken to realise the full study, should it be decided by the Commission.

3. The ERDA (European reactor design acceptance) proposal aims at a common design review and acceptance, the results of which would be shared among several EU Member States allowing the reactor design to be acceptable to all participating countries, except for necessary adaptation to specific local conditions, leading to effective European standardisation of reactor designs. The suggested approach is essentially based on voluntary actions by regulators and TSOs with support of the Commission.

Deliverable: a detailed description of the technical content that a EU common pre-licensing process should include, taking into account the different types of reactors, the applicable safety standards and (as far as possible) the diversity of Member States national framework.

4. Benchmarking and peer reviews performed by national safety authorities or IAEA expert missions are essential tools to achieve a harmonised level of safety in the EU and worldwide. Those tools are of particular interest for the numerous expected LTO in the EU. At the time being related efforts developed by regulators or the IAEA missions (e.g. SALTO) focus in priority on ageing effects, less on ‘reasonably practicable’ safety upgrades that accompany the LTO programmes. Hence, common sets of technical references integrating both ageing and safety upgrades would help all involved actors to deliver programmes across the different Member States with equivalent safety levels.

Deliverable: in close cooperation with nuclear safety authorities, a set of technical reference guide(s) for LTO will be prepared, covering in particular aspects related to the safety upgrades. In addition, a benchmarking of national LTO programmes against the amended directives will be defined and described (technical content of their terms of reference), particularly regarding Articles 8a and 8b of amended nuclear safety Directive, for future use by regulators.

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: 200 000.00 EUR
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 18
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
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.1.2)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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
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.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 05/01/2017
Local time: 23:59
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:
Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish
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
Date: 11/01/2017
Local time: 11:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court of the European Union
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
E-mail: generalcourt.registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu/
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Official name: General Court of the European Union
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
E-mail: generalcourt.registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu/
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
14/11/2016