Contract to implement improved metrology for portable high-purity germanium gamma detectors (lot 1) and portable UF 6 cylinder verification systems (lot 2), Luxemborg, (Deadline: 6 August 2010)

14 June 2010

The Nuclear Safeguards Directorate of the European Commission implements nuclear safeguards in the Member States of the European Union. This includes the physical verification of the material from its production to the end of its life cycle.In Lot 1 of the framework contract it aims to purchase portable HPGe detectors. Lot 2 of the framework contract aims on the acquisition of modern UF 6 cylinder verification systems as a pilot project to assess their applicability during routine inspection operations.

CONTACT:

European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy, Directorate E — Nuclear Safeguards

Euroforum Complex II — main entrance, 1, rue Henry Schnadt, Zone d'activité Cloche d'Or

Contact: EUFO 3484

Attn: A. Bouzergan

2530 Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG

Tel. +352 4301-33971

E-mail: Aline.Bouzergan@ec.europa.eu

Fax +352 4301-36059

General address of the contracting authority http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/energy/tenders/2010_en.htm

DESCRIPTION:

Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: Framework contract to implement improved metrology for portable high-purity germanium gamma detectors (lot 1) and portable UF 6 cylinder verification systems (lot 2).

Type of contract: Supplies. Purchase

Main place of delivery: Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG.

The notice involves: The establishment of a framework agreement

Information on framework agreement: Framework agreement with a single operator

Duration of the framework agreement: Duration in month(s): 48

Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

The Nuclear Safeguards Directorate of the European Commission, acting on the basis of Article 77 of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom Treaty), implements nuclear safeguards in the Member States of the European Union. This includes the physical verification of the material from its production to the end of its life cycle.

Implementing inspections of nuclear facilities requires that an inspector has the capability to verify the content of a declared container and to analyse the amount of nuclear material therein as well as to calculate the enrichment of the latter. For this purpose, non-destructive measurement techniques using portable HPGe detectors, cooled with small cryostats filled with liquid nitrogen, have been developed and their application has been transformed into routine operations during inspections to carry out high-precision measurements in the field. Lot 1 of the framework contract aims at the purchase of portable HPGe detectors.

Uranium, after mining and ore processing, undergoes enrichment in the chemical form of its hexafluoride; a chemically highly reactive substance which is stored in closed cylinders for transport purposes and interim storage. In order to be able to verify the content of a cylinder filled with uranium hexafluoride (UF 6 cylinder) and to determine the enrichment of nuclear material inside without opening the cylinder, non-destructive measurement techniques have to be applied. For this purpose, inspectors of the European Commission require portable spectrometers capable of high-precision measurements. Lot 2 of the framework contract aims on the acquisition of modern UF 6 cylinder verification systems as a pilot project to assess their applicability during routine inspection operations.

Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): Yes

Division into lots: Yes

Total quantity or scope:

Lot 1: up to 30 portable HPGe detectors will be purchased in the framework of this lot within the next 4 years.

Lot 2: up to 10 UF 6 cylinder verification systems will be purchased in the framework of this lot + up to 3 demonstration and training exercises + spare parts.

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

File reference number attributed by the contracting authority: ENER/E1/112-3/2010.

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 29.7.2010 - 16:00

Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate: 6.8.2010 - 16:00

Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up:

Spanish. Danish. German. Greek. English. French. Italian. Dutch. Portuguese. Finnish. Swedish. Czech. Estonian. Hungarian. Lithuanian. Latvian. Maltese. Polish. Slovak. Slovenian. Irish. Bulgarian. Romanian.

Duration in month(s): 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Conditions for opening tenders: Date: 13.8.2010 - 11:00

The tender specifications related to this call for tender can be downloaded on the website of the Directorate-General for Energy at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/energy/tenders/2010_en.htm




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