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HVDC Technical Services and Consultancy - Dynamic Purchasing System.

Contract notice - utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

National Grid Interconnector Holdings Limited
1-3 Strand
Contact point(s): Senior Buyer, Business Development Team, Global Procurement
For the attention of: James Cox
WC2N 5EH London
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7796938757

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Main activity
I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities

The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: yes

National Grid Interconnectors Limited
1-3 Strand
WC2N 5EH London
United Kingdom

Britned Development Limited
1-3 Strand
WC2N 5EH London
United Kingdom

Nemo Link Limited
1-3 Strand
WC2N 5EH London
United Kingdom

National Grid North Sea Link Limited
1-3 Strand
WC2N 5EH London
United Kingdom

National Grid Viking Link Limited
1-3 Strand
WC2N 5EH London
United Kingdom

National Grid IFA 2 Limited
1-3 Strand
WC2N 5EH London
United Kingdom

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:
HVDC Technical Services and Consultancy - Dynamic Purchasing System.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: HVDC Cable and Converter technical services and consultancy work.

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the setting up of a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
National Grid intends to procure its HVDC technical services and consultancy requirements via a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). The intention for the DPS is to tender suitable support service work for both services to Cable and/or Converter requirements.
The DPS shall be open to all of National Grid businesses. Predominantly, National Grid Interconnector Holdings Limited, National Grid Interconnectors Limited and their subsidiaries. However the list of entities within this notice is not exhaustive. The reason for is that, during the DPS period new businesses are likely to be established which will benefit from access to this process.
This will be the first time a DPS has been used within National Grid. Should the trial be a success it is envisaged that other works, goods and services will be provided using this method. The trial will run from 10.3.2017 to 31.12.2017. The Contract Notice for this DPS is planned to run for an initial 3 year period. The dates, including the trial period are 10.3.2017 to 31.12.2020. Notice of completion of the trail will be published via the OJEU Contract Notice and National Grid reserves the right not to extend the DPS past the trial period.
In the initial set-up stage, all suppliers who meet the selection criteria and are not excluded will be admitted to the DPS. There will be no limit on the number of suppliers that may join the DPS for each category of work. New suppliers can apply to join the DPS at any point during its lifetime.
Individual contracts are awarded during the second, ITT, stage. In this stage, National Grid will invite all DPS members for the required category to tender for a specific contract.
The specific works that may be procured under the DPS cannot be clearly defined at this stage, although the scope of work for this DPS will provide further details.
The DPS itself does not form a contract. Any invitations for tender will conclude in awardee(s) contracting with National Grid based on the terms and conditions contained within the PQQ documentation. However no obligations are placed on National Grid to procure any works using this DPS.

To register your interest in this procurement event and to obtain its documentation, Applicants are to email using the subject wording ‘Registering interest for National Grid HVDC DPS’ and include in the body of the message your Ariba AN numbers (Network ID), name, email address and contact phone number for all contacts within your organization who will need to receive Ariba messages and administer your online submissions. Multiple IDs' from the same Applicant will be grouped for messages to each Applicant.

The PQQ document will ask for other contact details such as those responsible for submissions etc.
National Grid will then invite you to the Ariba event titled ‘WS937556628 HVDC Technical Services and Consultancy - DPS’ where all of the PQQ documentation is contained. Including an Instructions for Participants document.
Ariba Sourcing is the platform that allows National Grid to communicate and share the very latest PQQ/ITT information with Tenderers, in a secure online environment.

New users to Ariba can register for a free account by visiting and clicking the ‘I'm Selling’ tab at the top left of your screen.

For guidance, please contact Ariba on 0800 358 3556 (UK) or +44 20 7187 4144 (EU). Alternatively a pdf guide can be provided by National Grid on request. Please issue a message to

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

65300000, 71621000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
National Grid intends to procure through this DPS, for;
1) additional/Project resource;
2) defined technical consultancy work,
3) engineering grades will be used to define the levels of personnel required/appropriate for each of the Categories and Lots below:
Senior Engineer,
Expert Engineer,
Categories and Lots,
Electricity Cable,
HVDC cable systems,
Subsea installation (Offshore),
UK Land installations (Onshore),
HVAC cable systems between Converter station and UK National Grid Electricity Transmission substation,
Cable technology,
HVDC Converter system design,
AC & DC equipment design,
Protection and control.
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Starting 20.2.2017 Completion 31.12.2020

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
Applicants of the DPS should be in a sound financial position. National Grid reserves the right to request Applicant financial data for review at any point of the DPS process. In addition, National Grid may use third party credit referencing agencies. National Grid may also contact the Applicant to further discuss commercial findings.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Joint Venture (JV) applications (incorporated or unincorporated) are allowable as part of this PQQ and wider DPS event.
For successful Joint Venture (JV) applications, the JV will need to provide a single response to this DPS. This will be judged using the same process as for single supplier applications.
Incorporated JV's will be required to submit evidence of their incorporation, in addition to their completed PQQ response.
All JV members will be subject to joint and severable liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions:
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications or in the invitation to tender or to negotiate
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting entity:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents (except for a DPS)
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
31.12.2021 - 12:00
IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)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): The tenders ran through this DPS maybe related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union Funds. The current project of this type is 1.14-0015-UKDK-S-M-16.
Additional projects will be stated in subsequent tender event documents.
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: