Mechanical works required for building 2 fast active neutron coincidence collars

Country: Luxembourg
Language: EN
Customer: European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy, Directorate E — Nuclear Safeguards
Number: 4175351
Publication date: 09-09-2017
Contract value: 160 757 (USD)
Price original: 136 000 (EUR)

Source: TED
Deadline: 15 days
Tags: solar and nuclear energy Transport Energy

Description

  1. Section I
    1. Name and addresses
      European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy, Directorate E — Nuclear Safeguards
      1, rue Henri Schnadt, Zone d"activité Cloche d"Or
      Luxembourg
      2530
      Luxembourg
      E-mail: ENER-E1-CFT@ec.europa.eu
    2. Joint procurement
    3. Communication
      The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at
      https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=2821
      Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned addressto the abovementioned address
    4. Type of the contracting authority:
      European institution/agency or international organisation
    5. Main activity:
      General public services
  2. Section II
    1. Scope of the procurement:
      1. Title:

        Mechanical works required for building 2 fast active neutron coincidence collars.


        Reference number: ENER/E1/2017-28-08.
      2. Main CPV code:
        09340000
      3. Type of contract:
        Services
      4. Short description:

        In accordance with the provisions of Chapter VII of the Euratom Treaty, the European Commission uses a suite of different instruments to verify nuclear material of various types.

        The present call for tender concerns a part of the work required to build improved versions of 2 slightly different neutron coincidence detectors for the verification of fresh low-enriched uranium fuel assemblies.

        The Commission intends to place a contract to manufacture and assemble the mechanical parts of these 2 fast neutron coincidence collars.


      5. Estimated total value:
        Value excluding VAT: 136 000.00 EUR
      6. Information about lots:
        This contract is divided into lots: no
    2. Description
      1. Title:
      2. Additional CPV code(s):

      3. Place of performance:
        Main site or place of performance:

        The tasks will be performed on the contractor"s premises. However for the in-depth discussion on the designs, the contractor will have to be available for a minimum of 2 visits to EC in Luxembourg.


      4. Description of the procurement:

        In accordance with the provisions of Chapter VII of the Euratom Treaty, the European Commission uses a suite of different instruments to verify nuclear material of various types.

        The present call for tender concerns a part of the work required to build improved versions of 2 slightly different neutron coincidence detectors for the verification of fresh low-enriched uranium fuel assemblies.

        The Commission intends to place a contract to manufacture and assemble the mechanical parts of these 2 fast neutron coincidence collars.

        General description:

        Neutron coincidence measurements of fresh fuel assemblies are widely used during safeguards inspections in low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel fabrication plants in Europe. 1 instrument type of choice currently used for these measurements is the neutron coincidence collar (NCC), which was originally designed by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This instrument uses an external americium lithium neutron source to induce fission in the U-235 in the fuel assembly. The resulting fission neutrons are thermalised in the polyethylene slabs (3 sides, surrounding the fuel element under test) and then detected in He-3 proportional counters embedded therein. The NCC detector can operate in thermal mode or fast mode. In thermal mode, the measurement time is shorter, but the accuracy of the result is very dependent on the poison rod content of the fuel assembly. For this, a substantial correction has to be made to the result, based on the declared burnable poison content of the assembly.

        In the alternate fast mode cadmium liners are added to the instrument. The fast mode provides an answer that is in order of magnitude less dependent on the poison rod content of the assembly but the lower efficiency makes the measurement time much longer (for similar accuracy).

        As LEU fuel assemblies are further optimised by industry, they become more complex in design and the need for an improved verification tool has been growing. Therefore optimised designs for new fast NCCs has been developed in the context of a cooperation between the European Commission and LANL.

        The present tender"s purpose is to award a contract for the production of the mechanical parts of 2 fast NCCs: 1 for BWR type and 1 for PWR type LEU fuel assemblies.

        It should be noted that the contract is limited to the production, assembly and supply of the mechanical parts, spare parts and the provision of suitable transport cases, but does not include the provision, integration or mounting of proportional counters or electronic parts (like high voltage components and preamplifiers).


      5. Award criteria:
        Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
      6. Estimated value:
        Value excluding VAT: 136 000.00 EUR
      7. Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system:
        Duration in months: 15
        This contract is subject to renewal: no
      8. Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited:
      9. Information about variants:
        Variants will be accepted: no
      10. Information about options:
        Options: no
      11. Information about electronic catalogues:

      12. Information about European Union funds:
        The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
      13. Additional information:
  3. Section III
    1. Conditions for participation:
      1. Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers:
      2. Economic and financial standing:
        Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
      3. Technical and professional ability:
        Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
      4. Information about reserved contracts:
    2. Conditions related to the contract:
      1. Information about a particular profession:
      2. Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract:
  4. Section IV
  5. Description:
    1. Type of procedure:
      Open procedure
    2. Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system:
    3. Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue:
    4. Information about negotiation:
    5. Information about electronic auction:
    6. Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA):
      The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
  6. Administrative information:
    1. Previous publication concerning this procedure:
    2. Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate:
      Date: 2017-10-11
      Local time: 23:59
    3. Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates:
    4. Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
      BG, CS, DA, DE, EL, EN, ES, ET, FI, FR, GA, HR, HU, IT, LT, LV, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, SV
    5. Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender:
      (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
    6. Conditions for opening of tenders:
      Date: 2017-10-23
      Local time: 14:00
      Place:

      European Commission, DG Energy, Euroforum Building, 1, rue Henri M. Schnadt, Zone d"activité Cloche d"Or, L-2530 Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG.


      Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

      1 representative per tenderer.


  1. Information about recurrence
    This is a recurrent procurement: no
  2. Information about electronic workflows
  3. Additional information

    1 representative per tenderer.


  4. Procedures for review
    1. Review body
      General Court of the European Union
      rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
      Luxembourg
      2925
      Luxembourg
      Contact person: 2925
      Telephone: +352 4303-1
      E-mail: generalcourt.registry@curia.europa.eu
      Fax: +352 4303-2100
      Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu/
    2. Body responsible for mediation procedures

    3. Review procedure
    4. Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
      General Court of the European Union
      rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
      Luxembourg
      2925
      Luxembourg
      Contact person: 2925
      Telephone: +352 4303-1
      E-mail: generalcourt.registry@curia.europa.eu
      Fax: +352 4303-2100
      Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu/
  5. Date of dispatch of this notice
    2017-08-30

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