Contract award notice

Information

Published

Date of dispatch of this notice: 02/03/2023

External Reference: 2023-216770

TED Reference: 2023/S 047-138846

Contract award notice

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Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)

Name and addresses

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
N/A
Johnstown Castle Estate
Wexford
Y35 PN52
IE
Contact person: Niall Ryan
Telephone: +353 539165543
NUTS code:  IE -  IRELAND
Internet address(es):
I.4)

Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)

Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)

Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)

Title

A Soil Sampling and Analysis Programme
Reference number:  RFT 218904
II.1.2)

Main CPV code

71620000  -  Analysis services
II.1.3)

Type of contract

Services
II.1.4)

Short description

The soil sampling programme at field scale will provide the basis for the next generation of soil-specific nutrient management advice and underpin targeted fertiliser and organic manure applications (right nutrient type, right application rate, right time & right place) across all farming systems in Ireland. Farmers will also be provided with indicative soil carbon results for their land, an important baseline result on an individual and national level from a soil health and climate change perspective. Indicative E.coli results will provide the basis for developing strategies to manage animal, human and environmental health on the farm.
II.1.6)

Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)

Description

II.2.2)

Additional CPV code(s)

14212400  -  Soil
71900000  -  Laboratory services
73111000  -  Research laboratory services
77100000  -  Agricultural services
II.2.3)

Place of performance

NUTS code:  IE -  IRELAND
II.2.4)

Description of the procurement

Soil Health and Nutrient Management are key components of the Programme for Government and the output from this Programme will assist with targeting management practices /measures and advice to support national and EU policy such as the new Soil Strategy and proposed Soil Health Law as well as the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), Climate Action Plan, Farm-to-Fork, Water Framework & Nitrates Directives, and the Biodiversity Strategy and the new EU R&I, Soil Health, Food Mission and Food Vision 2030.
The soil sampling programme, at field scale, will provide the basis for the next generation of soil-specific nutrient management advice and underpin targeted fertiliser and organic manure applications (right nutrient type, right application rate, right time & right place) across all farming systems in Ireland. Farmers will also be provided with indicative soil carbon results for their land, which is an important baseline result on an individual and national level from a soil health and climate change perspective. Indicative E.coli results will provide the basis for developing strategies to manage animal, human and environmental health on the farm.
II.2.5)

Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion  -  Name:  Quality and technical merit of proposed service  /  Weighting:  1240
Quality criterion  -  Name:  Management of the client relationship  /  Weighting:  100
Cost criterion  -  Name:  Proposed cost of providing the service  /  Weighting:  660
II.2.11)

Information about options

Options: no
II.2.13)

Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project: Rural Development Programme 2014-2022 (RDP) under Article 51 of the regulation

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)

Description

IV.1.1)

Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.8)

Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement : yes
IV.2)

Administrative information

IV.2.1)

Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2022/S 143-409587

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: 1

Title: A Soil Sampling and Analysis Programme

A contract/lot is awarded: no
V.1)

Information on non-award

The contract/lot is not awarded
Other reasons (discontinuation of procedure)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)

Additional information

TAKE NOTICE that the Department has made the decision to cancel the above competition. The reasons for this decision are as follows:
1. Subsequent to a complaint by one of the tenderers, the Department has reviewed the above RFT, tender submissions and evaluation process.
2. The Department has identified potential issues in respect of the clarity of the specification of cost criteria under the above RFT, and the manner in which the cost criteria was evaluated, that are of particular concern in the context of the principle of transparency.
3. In the circumstances, having carefully considered the matter, the Department is writing to notify you that, pursuant to Paragraph 2.1.2 of Part 2 of the published RFT:
“The Contracting Authority may cancel this Competition at any time prior to a formal written Services Contract being executed by or on behalf of the Contracting Authority”
— the Department has taken the decision to cancel the above competition.
VI.4)

Procedures for review

VI.4.1)

Review body

High Court of Ireland
Dublin
IE