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London Tideway Tunnels: Thames Tunnel Owner Controlled Professional Indemnity Insurance Programme.Thames Water Utilities Limited wish to purchase the above insurance programme in relation to the Thames Tunnel project. The Thames Tunnel project ...

QUALIFICATION SYSTEM -UTILITIES

This notice is a call for competition Yes

SECTION I: CONTRACTING ENTITY

I.1)NAME, ADDRESSES AND CONTACT POINT(S)

Thames Water Utilities Limited
Procurement Support Centre, C/O Mail Room, Rose Kiln Court, Rose Kiln Lane
RG2 0BY Reading
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail:

Further information concerning the qualification system can be obtained at: As in above-mentioned contact point(s)

Further documentation can be obtained at: As in above-mentioned contact point(s)

Requests to participate or candidatures must be sent to: As in above-mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)MAIN ACTIVITY OR ACTIVITIES OF THE CONTRACTING ENTITY
Water

SECTION II: OBJECT OF THE QUALIFICATION SYSTEM

II.1)TITLE ATTRIBUTED TO THE QUALIFICATION SYSTEM BY THE CONTRACTING ENTITY
1062 London Tideway Tunnels: Thames Tunnel Owner Controlled Professional Indemnity Insurance Programme
II.2)TYPE OF CONTRACT
Services
Service category: No 6
II.3)DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKS, SERVICES OR GOODS TO BE PROCURED THROUGH THE QUALIFICATION SYSTEM
London Tideway Tunnels: Thames Tunnel Owner Controlled Professional Indemnity Insurance Programme.
Thames Water Utilities Limited wish to purchase the above insurance programme in relation to the Thames Tunnel project. The Thames Tunnel project is part of the London Tideway Improvements, their implementation will substantially reduce the amount of untreated sewage entering London’s rivers. Billed as one of the most challenging engineering feats of modern-day London, the scheme builds on the sewage network masterminded in the 1860s by Sir Joseph Bazalgette following the ‘Great Stink’ in London of 1858. The London Tideway Improvements is formed from three major engineering projects starting with an upgrade to all five of our major sewage works in London. The 4 mile Lee Tunnel has recently begun construction to capture sewage discharges into the River Lee from Abbey Mills Pumping station. Finally, the 20 mile Thames Tunnel will capture storm sewage from the most polluting overflow points along the River Thames through Central London. The tunnel, along with the Lee Tunnel, will be the deepest ever constructed in the capital (up to 75 metres beneath ground level) and will be wider than three London buses placed side by side.
This notice applies to the Professional Indemnity Insurance for the 20 mile tunnel only.
Thames Water is seeking to form 5 registers, listed below as categories A to E, of insurance suppliers to be employed for the provision of Professional Indemnity insurance.
To be included within the first phase of these procurement services, applicants must return a completed PQQ no later than 12:00 noon, 22.8.2011. Applications received after this date may not be considered for the initial contracts at TWUL's discretion.
A maximum Professional Indemnity limit of 150 000 000 GBP is being considered. It is anticipated this will need to be placed with a primary layer and several excess layers and a possible mixture of policy periods as indicated below:
- category no. A: Primary Layer of 10 000 000 GBP for a 5 year period,
- category no. B: 1st Excess Layer of 15 000 000 GBP in excess of 10 000 000 GBP for a period of 5 years,
- category no. C: 2nd Excess Layer of 25 000 000 GBP in excess of 25 000 000 GBP for a minimum 12 month period,
- category no. D: 3rd Excess Layer of 50 000 000 GBP in excess of 50 000 000 GBP for a minimum 12 month period,
- category no. E. 4th Excess Layer of 50 000 000 GBP in excess of 100 000 000 GBP for a minimum 12 month period.
Please be advised that the financial limits specified in the above 5 Categories could be subject to change subject to market capacity/appetite.
II.4)COMMON PROCUREMENT VOCABULARY (CPV)

66510000, 66515410, 66515411, 66516000, 66516400, 66516500

II.5)CONTRACTS COVERED BY THIS QUALIFICATION SYSTEM ARE COVERED BY THE GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT AGREEMENT (GPA)
No

SECTION III: LEGAL, ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION

III.1)CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION
III.1.1)Qualification for the system
Conditions to be fulfilled by economic operators in view of their qualification: See V1.2 Additional Information.
Methods according to which each of those conditions will be verified: See V1.2 Additional Information.
III.1.2)Reserved contracts
No

SECTION IV: PROCEDURE

IV.1)AWARD CRITERIA
IV.1.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate
IV.1.2)An electronic auction will be used
Yes
Thames Water reserves the right to conduct an electronic auction, if it wishes to do so, as part of the award criteria for the particular contract/agreement.
IV.2)ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
IV.2.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority
1062
IV.2.2)Duration of the qualification system
Indefinite duration
IV.2.3)Renewal of the qualification system
No

SECTION VI: COMPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

VI.1)ONE OR MORE CONTRACTS COVERED BY THE QUALIFICATION SYSTEM ARE RELATED TO A PROJECT AND/OR PROGRAMME FINANCED BY COMMUNITY FUNDS
No
VI.2)ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All suppliers who wish to respond to this notice to indicate their interest in applying to the register, must request a ‘prequalification questionnaire’ (PQQ) pack. The PQQ will be available from 18 July 2011 and should be requested via email from .

Applications are invited for one or more categories. Thames Water will review the applications for the various categories and may combine categories with similar attributes and applicants together. When combining categories, if an applicant has expressed interest in a category which is to be combined with categories for which he has not expressed interest, Thames Water may ask the applicant if he wishes to express interest in the categories being combined for which he had not previously expressed an interest.
To be included within the first phase of these services, applications must return a completed PQQ no later than 12:00 noon, 22.8.2011. Applications received after this date may not be considered for the initial contracts at TWUL's discretion.
Responses to this Notice will be evaluated. Successful applicants will be placed on the Register. When a competition for a particular contract is launched registered applicants will be taken through a tender process.
Applicants must be licensed to write insurance and/or reisurance business in the United Kingdom, of the type being procured, or have the ability to write such insurance business on a freedom of services basis in accordance with the Insurane Companies Act. Participants must have a minimum Security rating of BBB Standard & Poor's (or A M Best equivalent independent global index company). All applicants must request a prequalification pack and return a completed response to the person shown in I.1 by post and email. The PQQ pack will include submission instructions for the information to be provided.
Selection criteria will be used to evaluate the responses to the PQQ, as set out in the PQQ:
Contracts will be under English law.
This Notice does not preclude Thames Water Utilities Limited or its associated companies (subsidiaries, sister, parent companies etc) from issuing other contract notices for specific requirements from time to time.
Unless specifically stated otherwise, Thames Water Utilities Limited shall not be responsible for any costs, charges or expenses incurred by applicants and does not accept liability for any costs, charges or expenses incurred by applicants, irrespective of the outcome of the competition, or if the competition is cancelled or postponed.
Thames Water Utilities Limited reserves the right to terminate the competition (or part of it), to change the basis of and the procedures for the bidding process at any time, or to procure the project by alternative means if it appears that the project can be more advantageously procured by those alternative means. The most economically advantageous or any tender will not automatically be accepted.
Thames Water Utilities Limited reserves the right to procure any of the works, services or supplies referred to in this Notice separately.
Thames Water Utilities Limited reserves the right to require further information or clarification from an applicant before considering its response.
Thames Water Utilities Limited reserves the right to exclude an applicant from the procurement process if it is subsequently determined that any information supplied was inaccurate, incomplete or untrue and was relied on for selection purposes.
Thames Water Utilities Limited reserves the right to make no award as a result of this procurement process.
Except for the contract, if any, concluded with the successful tenderer(s), nothing in the procurement process shall create a contract, whether express or implied, between Thames Water Utilities Limited and any applicant.
Thames Water Utilities Limited (including its employees and advisers) does not make any representations, warranties or other commitments, whether express or implied, in relation to the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the information provided to applicants in this Contact Notice or otherwise in connection with this tender, except as may be specifically agreed in any contract concluded at the end of this tender process.
Thames Water Utilities Limited may disclose any information if required to do so by any applicable laws or regulations (including but not limited to, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to the extent that these may now or in the future apply to Thames Water Utilities Limited), any requirements or guidelines of any competent regulatory body, and any order of any court of competent jurisdiction.
VI.3)PROCEDURES FOR APPEAL
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Thames Water Utilities Limited will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.
The Utilities Contracts Regulations (SI 2006 No 6) 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 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.4)DATE OF DISPATCH OF THIS NOTICE:
15.7.2011