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Civil Contingency Aircraft.

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Met Office
Fitzroy Road
For the attention of: Mr Simon Denton
EX1 3PB Exeter
Telephone: +44 1392886839

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: Met Office
Fitzroy Road
EX1 3PB Exeter
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
National or federal agency/office
I.3)Main activity
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Civil Contingency Aircraft.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 3: Air transport services of passengers and freight, except transport of mail
United Kingdom.


II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Following the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in April 2010 the CAA determined that a dedicated aircraft capable of detecting volcanic ash (VA) in the atmosphere and measuring its concentration should be available to help inform the forecasting of the movement and dispersion of ash. The Met Office in conjunction with a third party aircraft operator currently provides the resulting Civil Contingency Aircraft service on behalf of the CAA. Whereby, the aircraft is equipped with specialist atmospheric monitoring equipment, to provide real-time information about the current location of ash, and its concentrations, to the Met Office atmospheric scientists and forecasters. With the existing contract for provision of the aircraft and operating services due to end in 2018, the Met Office is looking to engage the market to understand future operating options, and aircraft capabilities, by way of an expression of interest process, and a supplier open day. The output of this engagement exercise will be to gain an understanding of these operating options, and available aircraft capabilities, the affordability of these options, such that this can form part of the investment case for provision beyond the current contract. The intention thereafter, is that the new contract will be formally tendered to select the future provider, albeit this process will depend on the overall affordability. Due to the nature of instrumentation operated from the Civil Contingency Aircraft, the airframe would need to undergo conversion to deploy external sensors, and an AOC obtained. Hence the need to engage the market as early as possible. Suppliers interested in this provision should respond to the expression of interest activity, and wishing to attend the supplier open day to be held on Tuesday 19.4.2016, should register on the Met Office eTendering Portal (, and register interest in the Civil Contingency Aircraft opportunity (Ref: A8BE-WF5KOW). This will give access to the expression of interest document, and the Supplier Open Day Registration Form. Expression of Interest period and open day registration will close on Friday 15.4.2016.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 0 GBP
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

34700000, 60420000, 60444000, 60445000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

All tender activities to be performed via Met Office eTendering Portal, please register at

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: