United Kingdom-Bristol: Notice: Provision of in-service support for Chemical Sense Training Equipment (CSTE) VTN

Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United Kingdom
Publication Ref: (2022/S 000-004734/EN)
Nature of contract: Service contract
Procedure: Negotiated without a call for competition
Type of bid required: Not applicable

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Services

Section I: Contracting authority
I.1) Name and addresses
Official name: Ministry of Defence
Postal address: Yew 3a, MOD Abbeywood
Town: Bristol
Postal code: BS34 8JH
Country: United Kingdom
Email: ross.sinfield100@mod.gov.uk
Internet address(es):
Main address:

I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.5) Main activity
Defence

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title: Notice: Provision of in-service support for Chemical Sense Training Equipment (CSTE) VTN
II.1.2) Main CPV code: 50600000
II.1.3) Type of contract Services
II.1.4) Short Description:
Main Place of Performance or Delivery: UK
Short description of the contract or purchase(s): The Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear (CBRN) Delivery Team (DT) (the contracting Authority) are equipment sponsors for chemical, biological and radiological agent detection, monitoring, identification and sample collection equipment used by UK Government.
The Authority has a requirement for a supplier to provide support for its range of Chemical Warfare Agent Detection and Monitoring Training Equipment.
The equipment requiring support was designed, manufactured and supplied by Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. under a previous contract and comprises simulant versions of Smiths Detection LCAD, LCD3.2, LCD3.3, MCAD and CAM, and Proengin AP4C/S4PE, along with all necessary ancillary items, which fully replicate the functions of the operational instruments without requiring the use of any chemical weapon simulants.
Also to be supported is PlumeSIM and ADM-300-SIM, field and table-top exercise simulation equipment, both hardware and software, which was supplied by Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. under a previous contract. The contract requirements will include survey, report, repair and replacement of damaged or faulty equipment, disposal of equipment deemed Beyond Economic Repair (BER), the provision of spares and consumable items, training support, regular update of safety and environmental case reports, configuration and obsolescence management and planning and update of service technical publications (AESP).
The original competitive notice was issued 13/09/2021and only the incumbent (Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd submitted a Tender. Due to the failed competition the Authority is converting to Regulation 16(a)(i) (Single Source in the absence of Tenders) and this notice is being published for transparency purposes.
Please note the contract has not yet been let
II.1.6) Information about lots
The contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7) Total value of the procurement(excluding VAT)
Value:300000
Currency:GBP
II.2) Description
II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Main Place of Performance or Delivery: UK
Short description of the contract or purchase(s): The Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear (CBRN) Delivery Team (DT) (the contracting Authority) are equipment sponsors for chemical, biological and radiological agent detection, monitoring, identification and sample collection equipment used by UK Government.
The Authority has a requirement for a supplier to provide support for its range of Chemical Warfare Agent Detection and Monitoring Training Equipment.
The equipment requiring support was designed, manufactured and supplied by Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. under a previous contract and comprises simulant versions of Smiths Detection LCAD, LCD3.2, LCD3.3, MCAD and CAM, and Proengin AP4C/S4PE, along with all necessary ancillary items, which fully replicate the functions of the operational instruments without requiring the use of any chemical weapon simulants.
Also to be supported is PlumeSIM and ADM-300-SIM, field and table-top exercise simulation equipment, both hardware and software, which was supplied by Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. under a previous contract. The contract requirements will include survey, report, repair and replacement of damaged or faulty equipment, disposal of equipment deemed Beyond Economic Repair (BER), the provision of spares and consumable items, training support, regular update of safety and environmental case reports, configuration and obsolescence management and planning and update of service technical publications (AESP).
The original competitive notice was issued 13/09/2021and only the incumbent (Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd submitted a Tender. Due to the failed competition the Authority is converting to Regulation 16(a)(i) (Single Source in the absence of Tenders) and this notice is being published for transparency purposes.

II.2.5) Award criteria
II.2.11) Information about options
Options:yes
Description of options:
Optional contract extension for 1 year

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description
IV.1.1) Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure without publication of a contract notice(in accordance with Article 28 of Directive 2009/81/EU)
IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement(GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2) Administrative information

Section V: Award of contract/concession
V.2) Award of contract/concession
V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract/concession award decision:2022-02-14
V.2.2) Information about tenders
V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Argon Electronics Ltd
Postal address: 16 Ribocon Way, Progress Business Park
Town: Luton
Country: United Kingdom
Nuts code:
The contractor is an SME: yes

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot/concession(excluding VAT)
for framework agreements – total maximum value for this lot
for contracts based on framework agreements, if required – value of contract(s) for this lot not included in
previous contract award notices
V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
The contract/lot/concession is likely to be subcontracted
Value or proportion likely to be subcontracted to third parties

Section VI: Complementary informationVI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
Official name: Carly Williams
Postal address: Yew 3a, MOD Abbeywood
Town: Bristol
Postal code: BS34 8JH
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: carly.williams713@mod.gov.uk

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice:
2022-02-18

Justification for the award of the contract without prior publication of a call for
competition in the Official Journal of the European Union
1.Justification for the choice of the negotiated procedure without publication of a call for competition in accordance with
Article 28 of Directive 2009/81/EU

No tenders or no suitable tenders/requests to participate in response to:
negotiated procedure with prior publication of a contract notice

The products involved are manufactured purely for the purpose of research, experiment,study or development under the conditions
stated in the directive(for services and supplies only)

3.Explanation
Please explain in a clear and comprehensive manner why the award of the contract without prior publication in the Official Journal of the European Union
is lawful, by stating the relevant facts and, as appropriate, the conclusions of law in accordance with the directive:
The original competitive notice was issued 13/09/2021and only the incumbent (Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd submitted a Tender. Due to the failed competition the Authority is converting to Regulation 16(a)(i) (Single Source in the absence of Tenders) and this notice is being published for transparency purposes.

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