The Procurement Process
Certain Sourcing activities carried out by Irish Water require compliance with the European Union Utilities Procurement Directive- Directive 2004/17/EC. Irish Water adopts different Procurement approaches, depending on the monetary value of the contract.
Contracts above Threshold Levels
For contracts above the monetary thresholds specified by the Utilities Directive (Directive 2004/17/EC as amended by Regulation (EC) 1251/2011) the following approach is adopted:
- Advertising in the Official Journal of the European Union
- Compliance with the procedures set out in Directive 2004/17/EC
- Specific project based procurement, such as the construction of a new Water Plant or the development of new Information Systems, are advertised individually through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)
Prospective suppliers and contractors are advised to regularly review eTenders, to keep abreast of up-coming opportunities.
Contracts Below Threshold Levels
For all other expenditure, Irish Water seeks competitive tenders/quotations from a minimum of three suppliers, unless otherwise stated by our procurement procedures.
A qualification system is unique to the Utilities Directive. It is a system whereby economic operators interested in contracting with Irish Water apply to be registered as potential providers for specific works, supplies or services. It is advertised in the OJEU annually.
Using predefined and published qualification criteria, Irish Water registers some or all of these economic operators in the system provided they pass the Qualification Criteria as laid out in the Qualification Questionnaire. The registered economic operators form a pool for specified works, supplies or services from which Irish Water may draw those who are to be invited to bid or negotiate on contracts.
A framework agreement is an arrangement advertised in the OJEU under which one or more economic operators are appointed as framework members following the submission and evaluation of selection stage information and tenders. The framework agreement establishes the terms governing the award of contracts, in particular relating to price and, where relevant, quantity.
Once the framework agreement is established there is no further obligation to advertise in the OJEU when individual contracts are awarded under the terms of the framework agreement, unless Irish Water request otherwise.