UK-Swindon: Offshore drilling services.

UK-Swindon: Offshore drilling services.

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 7562167366, Email:
Contact: Kate Richardson
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-3201 New England Shelf Hydrogeology
Reference number: UKRI-3201

II.1.2) Main CPV code:
76320000 - Offshore drilling services.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES

II.1.4) Short description: The British Geological Survey acting on behalf of the ECORD requires a marine coring capability and suitable vessel to operate offshore New England USA, for a scientific drilling, coring and groundwater sampling campaign for a period of 75 – 90 days (estimated) between May and August 2024. This scientific coring project seeks to extend our understanding of the current and past states of fluid composition, pressure and temperature in continental shelf environments. In many coastal settings worldwide, the distribution of freshwater within continental shelf sediments is far out of equilibrium with modern sea level. One of the most remarkable examples is found on the Atlantic continental shelf off New England where groundwater within shallow Pliocene-Pleistocene sand aquifers over 100 km offshore has low salinity (3000 mg/l or less). This project will test several hypotheses to help constrain rates directions and mechanisms of groundwater flow and chemical fluxes in continental shelf sys.

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

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
34514000 - Floating or submersible drilling or production platforms.
43124900 - Rock-drilling equipment.
45262422 - Subsea drilling work.
76340000 - Core drilling.

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:
US - United States

Main site or place of performance:
United States

II.2.4) Description of the procurement: The Contractor must be able to supply the full operational spread including a drill rig, the vessel, equipment for groundwater extraction and storage, and all personnel required to operate the spread. The drill rig must be capable of recovering core to at least 550m below seafloor in water depths of 41m to 79m. The project requires the Contractor to provide a suitable platform from which to deploy coring apparatus to achieve near-continuous core samples (min. diameter 64mm) from seabed to a total depth (TD) of 550 mbsf (meters below sea floor) at each of 3 borehole locations. Please see the Specification for full details.

II.2.5) Award criteria:
Quality criterion - Name: Technical / Quality / Weighting: 70

Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 30

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: The estimated Contract value is $17,000,000

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: 2023/S 000-021635

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: No

V.1) Information on non-award
The contract/lot is not awarded
No tenders or requests to participate were received or all were rejected

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.
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VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body
UK Research & Innovation
Swindon, SN2 1FL, 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
Not Provided

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 13/12/2023