Invitation for tenders - 08.11.2013


Upgrade and Modernization of Sofia District Heating Production and Distribution System
Supply of Preinsulated Pipes and Elements

This Invitation for Tenders follows the General Procurement Notice for this project which was published on the EBRD website, Procurement Notices ( ) on 8 July 2013.
Toplofikacia Sofia EAD hereinafter referred to as “the Purchaser”, intends to use part of the proceeds of grant funds from Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF) towards the cost of the Project for Upgrade and Modernization of Sofia District Heating Production and Distribution System.
The Purchaser now invites sealed tenders from Suppliers for the following contract to be funded from the proceeds of the grant:
    Supply of Preinsulated Pipes and Elements.

Supply of preinsulated pipes and elements is intended for rehabilitation of Sofia district heating network and increase of heat transfer energy efficiency and particularly for replacement of district heating pipelines with total length of the trunk 35 000 m, located in 88 sites in Sofia.
Tendering for contracts to be financed with the proceeds of the KIDSF grant and Purchaser’s own funds will be carried out in accordance with EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules with the exception of country eligibility restrictions defined within the KIDSF rules and is open to firms from the following eligible countries as of 1 October 2013: the EU member states, Switzerland and the EBRD countries of operation.  All goods and services shall be produced in or supplied from an eligible country.
To be qualified for the award of a contract, tenderers and manufacturers and subcontractors of preinsulated pipes and elements must satisfy the minimum qualification criteria set forth in Section III of the Tender Documents.
Tender documents may be obtained from the office at the address below upon payment of a non-refundable fee of EUR 600 (EUR 500 + 20% VAT)
    by bank transfer to the following bank account:
Corporate Commercial Bank
Sofia – South Financial Center
159 Tzar Boris III Blvd.
1618 Sofia, Bulgaria

IBAN:    BG35 KORP 9220 1404 7601 01;
    in cash in its equivalent in BGN at the pay office of Toplofikacia Sofia EAD.

If requested and upon receiving appropriate evidence of payment of the non-refundable fee, the documents will be promptly dispatched by courier, however, no liability can be accepted for loss or late delivery. If requested the documents can also be dispatched electronically after the presentation by the prospective tenderer of appropriate evidence of payment of the non-refundable fee. In the event of discrepancy between electronic and hard copies of the documents, the hard copy shall prevail.

The Purchaser will organize a pre-tender meeting on 27 November, 2013 and encourages all prospective tenderers to take part in it. The following issues will be discussed at this meeting:
    detailed acquaintance with the technical requirements;
    acquaintance with the tender procedure.

All tenders must be accompanied by a tender security of EUR 120 000 (one hundred and twenty thousand Euro) or its equivalent in a convertible currency.

Tenders must be delivered to the office at the address below on or before 20 December, 2013 at 14:00 p.m. (local time). Tenders will be opened on the same day at 14:00 p.m. (local time) in the presence of those tenderers’ representatives who choose to attend.

A register of potential tenderers, who have purchased the tender documents, may be inspected at the address below.

Prospective tenderers may obtain further information from, and also inspect and acquire the tender documents at, the following office:

Mrs. Maria Domuzova
Toplofikacia Sofia EAD
Room 224
23, Jastrebetz Str.
1680 Sofia Bulgaria
Tel.: +359 2 903 3078
Fax: +359 2 859 9124