UK-Swindon: Niobium.

UK-Swindon: Niobium.

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
UK Research & Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1793442000, Email:
Contact: UKRI STFC Procurement
Main Address:
NUTS Code: UKK14

I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: No
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not Provided
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No

I.4)Type of the contracting authority:
Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Research

Section II: Object Of The Contract

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title: UKRI-PR19126 High Purity Niobium for DUNE PIP-II High-Beta SRF Cavities
Reference number: UKRI-PR19126

II.1.2) Main CPV code:
14791000 - Niobium.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SUPPLIES

II.1.4) Short description: UKRI wishes to establish a Contract for the provision of high purity Niobium material for the production of 20 off DUNE PIP-II high beta SRF cavities.

II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value: 1,963,533.59


II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
Not Provided

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:
UKD61 - Warrington

Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4) Description of the procurement: UKRI wishes to establish a Contract for the provision of high purity Niobium material for the production of 20 off DUNE PIP-II high beta SRF cavities.

The Proton Improvement Plan (Phase 2) – PIP-II, is a US-led international project that will provide the linear accelerator to create neutrinos for the Long Beamline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). LBNF itself will be the world’s most intense high-energy neutrino beam facility. The PIP-II linear accelerator (linac) will fire neutrinos 1300 km from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (also known as Fermilab) in Illinois towards the 70,000 tonne Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) far detector at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota in order to study neutrino oscillations.

As part of the UK in-kind contribution to the PIP-II project, The UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is responsible for delivering 3 high-β cryomodules for the linac at Fermilab. STFC must source material for 20 high-β SRF cavities capable of achieving 18.8 MV/m at 650 MHz, with a Q0 better than 3 x 1010. The cavities must be manufactured from high purity niobium.

This requirement relates to procurement 2 within Prior Information Notice 2019/S 200-485286.

The scope of this contract consists of:
• The supply of high purity Niobium material in semi-finished form for the series production of 20 off DUNE PIP-II High Beta SRF Cavities operating at 650 MHz
• The supplier shall provide a Quality Assurance Plan (QAP), detailing all necessary quality activity for the execution of the contract, which shall be approved by UKRI STFC.
• The supplier shall execute all steps within the QAP during contract execution.
• The supplier shall deliver formal reports and documentation to UKRI STFC including technical analysis, quality control measurements, materials analysis data and specific inspection reports
• Delivery of Niobium material to UKRI STFC or its designated representative, under Delivered, Duty Paid (DDP) incoterms.

How to Apply

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II.2.5) Award criteria:
Quality criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 68

Cost criterion - Name: Cost / Weighting: 32

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: To respond to this opportunity please click here:

Award criteria was:
Quality 67.50%
Cost 32.50%

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Open

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement: No

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: No

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 OJEU: 2020/S 208-509127

IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

Contract No: Not Provided
Lot Number: Not Provided
Title: Not Provided

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

V.2) Award of contract

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 04/03/2021

V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 1
Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received by electronic means: Not Provided

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

Contractor (No.1)
Marphil International SAS, N/A
36 Rue de Richelieu, Paris, 75001, France
NUTS Code: FR101
The contractor is an SME: Yes

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: Not Provided
Total value of the contract/lot: 1,963,533.59
Currency: GBP

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be subcontracted: Yes
Value or proportion likely to be subcontracted to third parties:

Proportion: 99%
Short description of the part of the contract to be subcontracted:
The production of the Niobium material will be sub-contracted.
Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.

UKRI is managing this procurement process in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as may be amended from time to time) (the “Regulations”). This is a Contract being procured under the OJEU Open Procedure.

UKRI is procuring the Contract for its exclusive use.
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VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body
UK Research & Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Internet address:

VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures
N/A, United Kingdom

VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: Not Provided

VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Internet address:

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 10/03/2021