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Buying Organisation Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Opportunity Type Private Sector
Opportunity Method Future Opportunity
Notice Type Notice
Nature of Opportunity Works
Contract Description:

This Prior Information Notice (“PIN”) has been issued by Offshore Renewable Energy (“ORE”) Catapult, in relation to the requirement to build a Robotics and Autonomous Systems Test & Validation Centre (“R&AS”) Command and Control Centre. The building is expected to be over two floors, approximately 360m2 in floorspace and include office space, engineering workshops, welfare facilities. Full occupancy is expected by Q1 2022, with build costs estimated in the region of £1m.

This PIN is for market research purposes only and will only be used to engage with the market and not used to reduce the timescales of the procurement activity.

Due to the complexity of the facility, it is anticipated that the procurement exercise will follow the “Competitive with negotiation” process, with one main contractor being appointed to deliver.

Background: The accelerated testing, demonstration and validation in simulated testing facilities will reduce both the time and high cost associated in actual field testing, allowing faster adoption of cutting-edge subsea robotics technology, saving the offshore renewable energy sector costs in operation and maintenance performance and provide new market opportunities for businesses and innovators.

In the UK (and internationally) there is a lack of facilities able to test and validate R&AS for offshore renewable energy applications. ORE Catapult already has the world’s largest collection of offshore renewables test assets, these proposed enhancements in R&AS infrastructure will generate a world class capability in the North East of England.

An early market engagement event is being planned for Friday 26 February 2021 at 1600 hrs. Suppliers wishing to access it can do so via this link

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Response Deadline 07-06-21 00:00