Framework to run for maximum of eight years

Northern Ireland Water has started the search for firms to fill places on a £1.2bn framework for major projects. 

The government-owned water authority’s framework will run for four years and can be extended to a maximum of eight years.

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The framework is being set up to procure major projects on a 12-year programme

It is being set up to procure all capital works for the body’s Living With Water programme, a 12-year plan to improve drainage and waste water management across Northern Ireland.

Jobs will include large projects worth more than £10m and any other projects which may arise while the programme is being carried out.

Types of work listed in the contract notice included design consultancy, construction of plants, mining and manufacturing facilities and buildings related to the oil and gas industry.

It also included sewer construction, pipe laying, water main refurbishment, ground drainage work, electrical installation and pumps.

The framework has been split into three lots, with the largest being a £900m lot for civil engineering contractors. NI Water said it expects to invite a maximum of 10 firms to bid for that lot.

A maximum of eight firms will be invited to bid for a £400m process engineering lot, and six firms for a £120m civil engineering design consultants lot.

The estimated value for each lot is based on the full eight-year run of the framework.

Firms have until 24 August to send in requests to participate, with invitations to tender expected to be sent out on 1 November.