Ørsted, former DONG Energy, set up a qualification system for suppliers of geophysical investigation services, and invited companies specialised in the field to register in order for them to be qualified to compete at tenders.
The preparation of the bidder lists will be based on the suppliers which have passed the qualification procedure without further notification in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Communities (Tenders Electronic Daily).
The qualification system for geophysical investigation services is open to all suppliers of the services covered by the scope of the qualification system. Suppliers may apply for qualification at any time and free of charge.
Ørsted, as a contracting entity, also might use a procedure to award contracts without a call for competition in a way that it awards new work to a contractor to whom an earlier contract had been awarded, provided that the new services consist in the repetition of similar services provided as part of the previous contract.
Such procedures might be used up to three times for the Scope of Works and/or Services specified in the tender conditions when initiating a tender in the qualification system. This right can be used up to three years after the award of the first contract, should Ørsted decide to purchase similar services in the EU. The use of a negotiated procedure is in accordance with the Utilities Directive, article 50 (f).*
Contracting entities in Ørsted's system include the company's various business units, ventures in which Ørsted has a 50% say, as well as (new) companies set up as part of the activities of its wind power business.
New companies are especially (but not exclusively) established in connection with the development, building or operation of new offshore wind farms, and this is particularly relevant in relation to coming wind farms in Germany, the Netherlands, UK, North America (Canada and the United States of America), Taiwan, and Denmark." – Ørsted
* Ørsted Wind Power is subjected to the Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament, and the procurement takes place according to this when applicable. Certain countries, such as the UK, are exempted from the directive.