NGET Call For Innovation - Innovative Substation Auxiliary Load Solutions


F05: Contract notice – utilities

Notice reference: 2022/S 000-006810

Published 14 March 2022, 9:46am

Section one: Contracting entity

one.1) Name and addresses


1 - 3 Strand




Lewis Gardner




+44 7971241483


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UK - United Kingdom

Internet address(es)

Main address


one.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at


Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via


one.6) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

NGET Call For Innovation - Innovative Substation Auxiliary Load Solutions

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 51112200 - Installation services of electricity control equipment

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

The Call for Innovation (CFI) is an approach to the market to see what products and services are available in the industry with funding coming from Ofgem's Network Innovation Allowance.

A CFI is not a formal competitive tender process but is an approach to the market with a specific problem statement or topic of interest that National Grid would like to hear ideas about from the marketplace.

All information received will be used to consider whether we want to engage with a specific supplier or whether we believe a competitive tender approach is required. Essentially this CFI will inform or dictate our procurement strategy.

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

To tackle climate change by reducing emissions and enhance the reliability and resilience of backup power systems, NGET, is seeking to establish a new commercial approach with a 3rd party supplier, to trial new backup power systems or combined standby and generation assets that are low carbon alternatives to the traditional battery and diesel assets that are used across its substations.

NGET's substations need both AC and DC power for the safe reliable operation of the network including protection, control, critical plant and equipment such as transformers, reactors, and switchgear. Traditionally, incoming AC supplies are derived from a DNO (via distribution transformers) and DC power from substation batteries (VRLA, Planté and some Ni-Cad). In addition, backup diesel generators (gensets) provide standby AC power in in the event of a loss of supply event.

The purpose of this CFI is to help National Grid identify:

1. Products

a. New technologies capable of providing in the region of 300 - 500kVA low emission backup power to a substation for a minimum of 72 hours with no external supply; and/or,

b. Novel technology capable of delivering energy solutions that can meet all or part of the substation load demand (AC/DC) during normal and standby operations (as a priority) combined with commercial generation (MW) that can synchronise to the GB electricity network*.

2. Services

a. Service offerings related to the provision of power during a loss of supply event.

This CFI will inform NGET's approach to obtaining the required resource / improve NGET's knowledge of the backup power and generation market.

two.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

two.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months


This contract is subject to renewal


two.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: Yes

two.2.11) Information about options

Options: Yes

Description of options

NGET will have the option to extend the term of any agreement.

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

four.2) Administrative information

four.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate


14 April 2022

Local time


four.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


Section six. Complementary information

six.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc



United Kingdom