2 July 2015 | Herpreet Grewal
The tendering process for three main operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts to support the £1billion Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has begun.
Having previously named General Electric and Andritz Hydro as preferred bidders to manage the operations and maintenance of the lagoon's turbines and power generation facilities, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc is now seeking Tier 1 contractors to take on the day-to-day running of the lagoon facilities outside of the main power generation plant.
The three contract packages being tendered are:
Lagoon Maintenance: including maintenance of the lagoon wall, turbine housing structure and mariculture park, as well as maintenance dredging
Public Realm Infrastructure Maintenance: including maintenance of the visitor buildings; boating centre and research laboratory; roads, car parks, landscaping and lighting; potable, foul and surface water system; 11kV supplies; IT & telecoms infrastructure
General Facilities Management Services: facilities management for day-to-day operational activities such as public access control, security, transport, cleaning and waste disposal
The contracts are together valued at £4million per annum, with registration open at the procurement portal www.sell2wales.gov.uk.
Successful contractors will be selected via a competitive two-stage pre-qualification and formal invitation to tender process which begins this summer.
Gerwyn Tumelty, operations & maintenance manager for Tidal Lagoon Power: "The creation of these packages brings a clear focus to the non-power generating assets which are needed to safely operate the world's first tidal lagoon power plant and make the most of its potential for multi-functional use. The tendering process will ensure the right levels of competition, innovation and skill is sourced from the supply chain and will maximise local jobs for the future. This is just the beginning of a home-grown industry that expert analysis suggests has the potential to contribute £3.1bn to UK GDP in each year of asset operation."