The aim of the QUACO project is to procure jointly novel superconducting magnets. By pooling efforts of several research infrastructures with similar technical requirements and using their experience from prior procurements, the partners in QUACO will act as a single Buyer Group. The pre-commercial procurement (PCP) instrument used in this project will thus take away the mismatch between the high-end R&D expectations and the existing solutions on the market and allow large and small specialised companies to increase the speed of their own research and technology development.
The QUACO partners are:
- Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies alternatives (CEA), France,
- European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland,
- Centro De Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales Y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Spain and
- Narodowe Centrum Badan Jadrowych (NCBJ), Poland
The scope is to procure 2 pilot quadrupole magnets (Q4) with two 90 mm aperture, an integrated gradient of 440T with 120T/m in the transverse plane, with operational temperature of 1.9K that will be installed in the HL-LHC matching sections. More technical information can be found on this link
CERN will act as the lead procurer that will coordinate and lead the joint procurement for the benefit of the aforementioned organisations.
Interested parties are invited to attend the Bidders conference which will be held in Geneva on 7 July 2016. At the Bidders conference, attendees will be provided with an overview on the project objectives, the PCP process and key contract clauses and all questions received will be dealt with and answered.
Questions or requests for clarification concerning the Tender Documents must be asked in English using the form contained in Appendix 3: ‘Request for Clarification’ and must be received by CERN no later than 30 June 2016 at 14:00 (European Central Time). The ‘Request for Clarification’ must be addressed to: HL-Quacofirstname.lastname@example.org
No additional questions will be allowed nor answered for Phase 1 after the 30th of June.
Interested parties are requested to register for the event by 1st July 2016 at the latest by registering here.
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