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Services - 605961-2020

15/12/2020    S244

United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Water distribution and related services

2020/S 244-605961

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Association of North East Councils Limited trading as NEPO (Central Purchasing Body)
Postal address: Guildhall, Quayside
Town: Newcastle upon Tyne
Postal code: NE1 3AF
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Kadie Boon
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

NEPO311 Water Retail Services

Reference number: NEPO311
II.1.2)Main CPV code
65100000 Water distribution and related services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The Association of North East Councils Trading as the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) is seeking tenders for water retail services. At the time of submitting an SQ, and throughout the life of the framework agreement, tenderers must hold a valid water supply and sewerage licence with the appropriate retail authorisation, as issued by Ofwat. Also included within the scope of the framework agreement is the provision of automatic meter reading and associated services and systems. The framework agreement will also include provisions for assisting in the reduction of consumption and supporting users efficiency schemes.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 300 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
65000000 Public utilities
71800000 Consulting services for water-supply and waste consultancy
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This is to replace the recent procurement exercise that was abandoned due to Covid19. NEPO are using a two-stage, restricted procedure for this framework agreement. The first is a selection questionnaire which will be used to shortlist organisations. It should be noted that one of the key mandatory criteria at selection questionnaire stage is for organisations to hold a relevant water supply and sewerage licences with the appropriate retail authorisation, as issued by Ofwat. Shortlisted organisations will then be invited to tender in August 2020. The selection questionnaire document also contains an ITT overview that sets out the high-level requirements of the framework agreement. This document will allow organisations to determine if they are interested in this opportunity and consider whether they have the required capability and capacity to deliver the framework agreement prior to submitting a selection questionnaire. The framework contract will be a sole supplier framework contract with one lot. Those organisations shortlisted from the selection questionnaire and invited to tender will be evaluated in accordance with the award criteria contained within the Invitation to Tender documents. The opportunity can be accessed via the NEPO eTender system. Suppliers wishing to be considered for this contract must register their expression of interest and submit a tender through the NEPO eTender System. If not already registered, candidates should register on the NEPO eTender system at Tenders must be submitted using the link above. Tenders submitted via post or email methods will not be accepted. If you require time-critical assistance on submitting your tender please contact the System Support Team on 03300050352. For non time-critical issues, such as passwords, general account queries and location of information, etc., please contact Proactis Supplier Support Helpdesk Ticketing System ( and select ProContract V3 support. You will then need to log in or submit a ticket to register your issue. Alternatively, you can This will automatically log a support ticket on the Proactics Supplier Support Helpdesk. NEPO does not give any guarantee and/or warrant the actual value of goods (if any) which will be placed with the successful supplier by any contracting authority using the framework contract pursuant to this process and accepts no liability there of.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Quality criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 80 %
Cost criterion - Name: Cost / Weighting: 20 %
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 IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
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: 2020/S 125-307316
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract


NEPO311 Water Retail Services

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 3
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 1
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Anglian Water Business (National) t/a Wave
National registration number: 3017251
Town: Durham
Country: United Kingdom
The contractor is an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 300 000 000.00 GBP
Total value of the contract/lot: 300 000 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

NEPO is a Central Purchasing Body as defined in the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR15). The agreement will be available for use by all NEPO members. A list of member organisations is available in the About section of the NEPO website at:

This agreement will also be made available to all current and future NEPO associate members. Current associate members are listed in the associate member section of the NEPO website at:

NEPO intends to make the resulting agreement available for use by all contracting authorities throughout all administrative regions of the UK (as defined by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015) including but not limited to Government Departments and their Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies, Central Government, NHS Bodies, Local Authorities, Emergency Services, Coastguard Emergency Services, Educational Establishments, Registered Social Landlords and Registered Charities who have a need to purchase the above services.

Please see the following websites for further details:

A complete list of permissible users is shown on the NEPO website below:

Organisations wishing to access the NEPO agreement will be required to register as a NEPO associate member in the first instance.

Further information can be found at:

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: NEPO
Postal address: Guildhall, Quayside
Town: Newcastle upon Tyne
Postal code: NE1 3AF
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7585986231
Internet address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
Official name: NEPO
Postal address: Guildhall, Quayside
Town: Newcastle upon Tyne
Postal code: NE1 3AF
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7585986231
Internet address:
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Official name: NEPO
Postal address: Guildhall, Quayside
Town: Newcastle upon Tyne
Postal code: NE1 3AF
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7585986231
Internet address:
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: