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12/03/2016    S51

Netherlands-Petten: Services for techno-economic/socio-economic studies or modelling/simulation on European energy systems and hydrocarbon extraction

2016/S 051-083940

Notice of call for expressions of interest

 1.Contracting authority:

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport, Resource Management Petten, Westerduinweg 3, 1755 LE Petten, NETHERLANDS. E-mail:
 2.Application procedure:

The objective of this call for expressions of interest is to set up a list of preselected candidates.
Expressions of interest should be submitted in one of the official languages of the European Union by electronic means at the following address: mentioning the reference of the call JRC/PTT/2016/F.3/0015/AMI.
Inclusion on the list entails no obligation on the part of the contracting authority concerning the conclusion of contracts.
 3.Information and documents to be provided:

Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest in accordance with the rules set out in this notice. Candidates should provide:
1. a cover letter, signed by the candidate's authorised representative, clearly stating the reference number of this procedure (JRC/PTT/2016/F.3/0015/AMI) as well as the following:
— the sub-list(s) for which an application is being submitted,
— the name and references (including e-mail) of a contact person for this procedure;
2. the declaration on honour (to be downloaded at the contracting authority's website, confirming that the candidate is not in any of the exclusion situations (see point 10) and confirming compliance with the selection criteria (see point 11), duly signed and dated by an authorised representative. In case of doubt, candidates may be requested to provide supporting evidence of non-exclusion and selection criteria;
3. an extract from a trade or professional register, or an equivalent proof of establishment showing the information related to the company and the name of the legal representative signing the declaration on honour.
 4.General description of the procedure:

Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest in accordance with the rules set out in this notice.
The contracting authority will draw up a list of preselected candidates who meet the criteria set out at points 10 and 11. This list comprises sub-lists, corresponding to each of the fields described at point 7.
Where a specific contract relating to the field described at point 7 is to be concluded, the contracting authority will invite all the candidates on the relevant sub-list(s), to submit a tender. The contracting authority will send these candidates the tender specifications relating to the contract in question.
 5.Protection of personal data:

If processing your expression of interest involves the recording and processing of personal data (such as your name, address and CV), such data will be processed pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18.12.2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. Unless indicated otherwise, your reply to this notice and any personal data requested are required for the purposes indicated above in point 4 and will be processed solely for those purposes by the contracting authority indicated in point 1, which is also acting as data controller. Details concerning the processing of your personal data are available on the privacy statement at:
Your personal data may be registered in the early detection and exclusion system (EDES) if you are in one of the situations mentioned in Article 106 of the Financial Regulation (Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25.10.2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 (OJ L 298 of 26.10.2012, p. 1) as amended). For more information, see the privacy statement on
 6.Use of the list resulting from this notice:

The list resulting from this notice will be used exclusively for public procurement contracts of the following type:
— service contracts/purchase orders below 135 000 EUR per year per sub-list.
 7.Full description of the fields covered by the call for expressions of interest:

As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. The JRC Institute for Energy and Transport (JRC-IET) is one of 7 scientific institutes belonging to the European Commission Joint Research Centre. The JRC-IET staff is located in Petten, Netherlands and Ispra, Italy. The mission of the JRC-IET is to provide support to European Union policies and technology innovation to ensure sustainable, safe, secure and efficient energy production, distribution and use, and to foster sustainable and efficient transport in Europe. For more information, please visit
Among other activities, the JRC aims to provide a solid and comprehensive understanding of energy security in support of EU policy, notably in relation to fossil fuels (mainly gas and oil) and power systems. The aim of the JRC's Energy Security, Systems and Market Unit is to aid and inform the Member States and European Institutions on issues relevant to ensuring the uninterrupted physical availability of energy products on the market at an affordable price for all consumers. The JRC assesses how different policy options help shape an energy system resilient to shocks and adverse trends whilst satisfying society's energy needs.
The call for expressions of interest is divided into 4 sub-lists as follows:
Sub-list A — regulatory, techno-economic and socio-economic studies on the electricity system:
In the last decades the European energy sector has gone through radical changes. Growing concerns on market competitiveness, climate change and energy security have led the European Union to set ambitious policy goals which have called for a major restructuring of the entire energy system.
The JRC supports policy developments in the energy sector through independent scientific research. In order to complement the current JRC activities, scientific and technical support is expected in the regulatory, economic and socio-technical fields.
In particular, external support is envisaged in the following areas:
— analysis of the rising interdependency between the different layers of the electricity system, including the physical, social, market and temporal layers,
— analysis of the main regulatory challenges to ensure a smooth transition to the new electricity system,
— analysis of the socio-economic aspects of energy markets, both regarding the supply and the demand side. This area includes the use of complexity sciences, computational economics and econometric approaches to investigate the behaviours of consumers, retailers and other social actors in the evolving energy markets,
— analysis of new smart grid applications and solutions, market value and business models,
— development and analysis of future electricity system scenarios and identification of policy recommendations,
— new tools for planning exercises.
Sub-list B — techno-economic and socio-economic studies regarding the unconventional hydrocarbon sector:
This sub-list covers services for technical, geological, socio-economic and forward-looking studies on unconventional hydrocarbon extraction. The purpose of these potential studies would be to provide the JRC-IET with the scientific and technical support and expertise relevant to understanding the short-, medium- and long-term implications of the worldwide increase in the development of unconventional gas and oil and their by-products on European and international energy markets.
At present, our studies cover the understanding of the shale gas industry potential in Europe, including analysis of the techno-economic and financial conditions. Future studies could be aimed at providing the JRC-IET with a comprehensive overview of the potential impact of exploration and exploitation of unconventional gas and oil in Europe.
Sub-list C — studies regarding conventional hydrocarbon infrastructure:
This sub-list covers services for assessing existing and potential conventional hydrocarbon (gas and oil) infrastructure. The purpose of these potential studies would be to support the JRC-IET in exploring the impact of related infrastructure projects on resolving transmission bottlenecks, and/or competition, market integration, security of supply, sustainability, etc. Furthermore, support may be requested for modelling the physical and/or market structure of existing and/or potential infrastructure networks, which could include the collection of relevant data.
Sub-list D — simulation/modelling for (empirical) studies regarding energy systems:
Future scenarios of the energy system could be analysed using simulation models, based on particular scenarios.
An example regards the electricity system, where the more interconnected system and the integration of renewables are challenging models in terms of size, capabilities (probabilistic models, agent-based models, Monte Carlo simulations, steady state, dynamic analysis, price variation), multiscale approach as well as multiparameter analysis and execution time. The modelling may cover updates or extension of power models and development of future scenarios, as well as development of software for power system simulation.
Another example is the gas system, where modelling activities would aim at developing modelling tools for the quantitative analysis of gas and/or electricity market scenarios in the short-, medium- and long-run. The modelling platform would be based on specialised software which would be used to build models of oil, gas and/or electricity markets, in which the physical technical and the regulatory constraints would need to be integrated with market characteristics.
 8.Place of delivery:

JRC Petten, Institute for Energy and Transport, Westerduinweg 3, 1755 LE Petten, NETHERLANDS (visiting address); PO Box 2, 1755 ZG Petten, NETHERLANDS (postal address).
 9.Expiry date of the list resulting from this call for expressions of interest:

The list resulting from this notice is valid for 4 years from dispatch of this notice. Interested parties may submit an application at any time prior to the last 3 months of validity of the list.
 10.Exclusion criteria:

Candidates shall be excluded from participation if they are in any of the exclusion situations listed in Article 106 of the Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25.10.2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 (OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1), as amended.
 11.Selection criteria:

** The tenderer declares that he is complying with the below requirements, point 11 of this notice by the signature of the declaration on honour, point 3. The contracting authority may request that the selected candidates provide proof of their declaration or ask a candidate to confirm this declaration every year. **
i. Criteria relating to financial and economic capacity (all sub-lists):
Financial turnover of above 125 000 EUR during the past 2 financial years for which the accounts have been closed or at least 125 000 EUR as an average over the past 2 financial years for which accounts have been closed. In case of request, the candidate will be able to provide detailed balance sheet statements for the period concerned.
ii. Criteria relating to technical capacity (all sub-lists):
Specific expertise (inclusive of educational and professional qualifications) in each of the described sub-lists (for which he is a candidate) for supply of energy-related studies or modelling performed in the past 5 years. The candidate has dealt with at least 2 contracts valued at not less than 10 000 EUR each. In case of request, the candidate will be able to provide a list of studies and/or projects carried out in the last 5 years (in each of the corresponding sub-lists for which he is a candidate) and a certificate testifying the good completion of at least 1 contract.
iii. Criteria relating to technical capacity (sub-list D):
Candidates wishing to use a team for sub-list D must have experience in modelling energy systems at European level or in at least 3 interconnected Member States with published work and participation of the team in relevant studies for utilities, system operators, regulators or governments. In case of request, the candidate will be able to provide a list of publications or participation in such studies/modelling.
 12.Ex-post transparency:

Details on the contractors who have concluded a contract of more than 15 000 EUR awarded following the procedure set out at point 4 shall be published on the website of the contracting authority no later than 30 June of the year following contract award.
These details include name, locality (address for legal persons and region of origin for natural persons), amount, and subject of the contract. For natural persons, the information shall be removed 2 years after the year of contract award.
 13.Date of dispatch of notice:

 14.Date of receipt by the Publications Office: