ADVANCE INFORMATION ON FORTHCOMING CALLS FOR TENDERS/PRELIMINARY INQUIRIES

The page contains  advance information on forthcoming Calls for Tenders and Preliminary Inquiries expected to exceed 150,000 EUR.

For information or questions, please contact cp-garching@eso.org for Europe or cp-chile@eso.org for Chile.

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Advance Information on Forthcoming Calls for Tender and Preliminary Inquiries

 

Cft No Date Division Subject Details Scheduled for Issuance
191 08.09.2017 DOE/ALMA Ground Transportation Service for Personnel within the ALMA Site and to/from Calama

Call for tender covering surface transport services of personnel within the ALMA site near San Pedro de Atacama, and to/from Calama, in Chile.

The contract shall start on 01 July 2018 for a firm period of 3 years, with the option to extend it by up to 2 more years.

The Call for tender shall be issued in Q4/2017 to potential suppliers in Chile.

4th Qtr. 2017
190 31.08.2017 DOE Consultancy contract for the development of telescope control software.

The scope of this Price Inquiry is to procure consultancy services for the development of telescope control software.

The scope of work which is expected to require 1 FTE includes the delivery of: the development of software for controlling the primary 39 meter segmented mirror of the future ELT telescope and the creation of the control software for an ELT optical test facility.

The development will be supported by  ESO staff, using an agile process with roughly two months iteration cycles. It covers mainly design, implementation, and testing activities.

The focus of this consultancy is on Linux-based near real-time control system and network technologies, especially C++ development, with high-performance requirements for software and IP communication.

Mandatory experience for the consultancy:

-      Minimum five years of professional experience in software development, covering analysis, design, implementa­tion, testing, documentation, main­tenance.

-      Highly proficient with (soft) real-time control software and with low-latency communication in a distributed system, preferably Linux RT (preempt).

-      Excellent command of C++ or alter­natively strong C++ but excellent C.

-      Strong command of Python.

-      Experience with working in a software development team, with (unit) testing, and with software engineering practices like version control including the related tooling.

-      Excellent command of spoken and written English.

-      The contractor is expected to fully perform the entrusted work at ESO premises (mainly Garching and missions to Chile observatories).

The requested effort represents 1 FTE per year for a period of three years. The contract is expected to start in Q1, 2018.

The Call for Tenders will be issued in Q3/2017 to companies in ESO Member States, Brazil and Chile.

3rd Qtr. 2017
189 08.08.2017 ELT

Design, Manufacture and Delivery of the ELT M4 Cooling Infrastructure.

ESO is investigating the market for companies capable of designing, manufacturing and delivering the Cooling Infrastructure of the ELT Quarternary Mirror (M4). This mirror is an adaptive one, which includes a thermal control feature. This feature is based on a refrigerant single mechanical compression cycle, in which the M4 contains the evaporator unit.

The expected deliverables include the design and manufacturing of two compressor/ condenser units (CCU) with their controllers, test and integration in Europe, support to the pre-integration in Chile, commissioning on the Telescope, spare parts and special tools set, as well as a complete specification of the pipe work.

Optionally the scope of work may extend to the delivery, installation and commissioning of the pipework between the two CCUs and the M4 (around 400m pipe network).

A Request for Information is scheduled for release during Q3/2017.

3rd Qtr. 2017

 

188 21.07.2017 DOP/TDP Design, Manufacture, Verification and Delivery of Integrated Detector Cooler Assembly (IDCA) for SAPHIRA Detector– Extremely Large Telescope (ELT)

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is investigating the market for suppliers capable of designing, manufacturing, verifying and delivering Integrated Detector Cooler Assemblies for the SAPHIRA detector.

The Integrated Detector Cooler Assemblies are required for one type of the wavefront sensor cameras of MAORY, a first generation instrument for the ELT.

Request for Information (RFI) to be released in August 2017.

Call for Tenders (CFT) expected to be released in Q4/2017

4th  Qtr. 2017
186 07.07.2017 APEX Supply of Cryogenic Liquids and Gases to Apex Chajnantor Site

Call for tender for the supply of liquid helium, liquid nitrogen and gaseous high purity helium to be delivered to the Apex antenna facility at the Chajnantor site, near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The Contract also covers the pick-up, at the Supplier's premises in Calama, of

gaseous high purity helium, gaseous industrial and medical grade oxygen, gaseous industrial grade acetylene and gaseous industrial grade nitrogen.

The Contract shall start on 01 January 2018 and end on 31 December 2020, with an option to extend by 2 more years.

The Call for tender shall be issued in Q3/2017 to potential suppliers in Chile.

3th Qtr. 2017
185 10.07.2017 DOP/PMD ELT Near-IR (5.3 um cut-off) Science Detectors for next generation astronomical instrumentation.

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is investigating the manufacture, test and delivery of large format 2kx2k mid-infrared scientific detectors for astronomy, with a required cut-off wavelength of approximately 5.3µm. These detectors are required for METIS, a first-generation instrument for the ELT.

Request for Information (RFI) to be released in Q3/2017

Call for tender (CFT) expected to be released in Q4/2017

3rd Qtr. 2017
184 10.07.2017 DoP/PMD

ELT Near-IR (2.5 um cut-off) Science Detectors for next generation astronomical instrumentation.

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is investigating the manufacture, test and delivery of large format (4Kx4K or 2Kx2K) near infrared scientific detectors for astronomy. These detectors are required for first generation instruments for the ELT HARMONI and MICADO.

Request for Information (RFI) to be released in Q3/2017.

Call for tender (CFT) expected to be released in Q4/2017

3rd Qtr. 2017
183 10.07.2017 DOP

Request for information for the supply of the ELT M5 Mirror design, blank supply and manufacturing

A Request for information (RFI) covering the design and manufacturing of the ELT M5 Mirror, including the supply of the M5 Blank, will be issued in Q3 2017.

The M5 Mirror is a flat, lightweight, 2.7x 2.2 m mirror.

The RFI will address the following activities and aspects:

·        M5 Lightweight Structure (the M5 Blank) design and performance assessment,

·        M5 Blank supply,

·        M5 Mirror Grinding and Polishing, and mounting interfaces,

·        Supply of the M5 Mirror metrology

and Auxiliary equipment for handling, storage, and transport,

·        Definition of the Project phases and scheduling.

The M5 Mirror design and manufacturing is planned to be contracted:

-        Either to a single entity as a unique package and contract,

-        Or as two packages and separate contracts, one for the Blank production, one for the Mirror design, polishing and testing.

The purpose of the RFI is to identify the companies and/or consortia that have an interest and the capabilities to perform the above contract(s), and to receive ROM (rough order of magnitude) prices for each of the above activities.

Based on the outcome of the RFI, issued to potential suppliers worldwide, ESO is planning to release the corresponding Call(s) for Tender in Q4 2017, with the aim to award the contract(s) in Q3 2018.

3rd Qtr. 2017
181 10.07.2017 DOE

Supply of network products for ESO Headquarters in Garching.

A relatively large part of the ESO network infrastructure in Garching will be end-of-life in the near future and needs to be replaced to maintain continuous and supported operations of ESO’s most important IT services.

For this reason ESO is preparing the procurement for the supply of new Cisco network products.  The indicative size of the supply will be the following:

-        2x Nexus 9504 in NX-OS mode, each with one X9732C-EX and one X97160YC-EX linecard,

-        6x Nexus 93180LC-EX in NX-OS mode,

-        2x Nexus 93180YC-EX in NX-OS mode,

-        16x Nexus 2348UPQ fabric extenders,

-        20x Nexus 2348TQ fabric extenders,

-        14 x Catalyst 2960x 48 port access switches,

-        a comparatively non-significant value for transceivers.

Support and maintenance for the network products purchased through this procurement are specifically excluded, and will become part of an existing maintenance contract.

ESO intends to issue a price Inquiry/Call for Tender for the procurement of Network hardware and software in Q3 2017. The Contract is expected to be awarded in Q4 2017.

3rd Qtr. 2017
180 29.06.2017 LPO Fuel Supply for La Silla Paranal Observatory (LPO)

Call for tender for the provision of gasoline and diesel to fuel the vehicles used for internal transportation, as well as to back-up the generation of electrical power at the following ESO sites:

-     La Silla Observatory, located 160 Km north of La Serena, IV Region of Chile;

-     Paranal Observatory, located 120 Km south-east of Antofagasta, II Region of Chile.

The contract shall start on 1 March 2018 for a firm period of 3 years with the option to extend it by up to 2 more years.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be issued in Q3/2017 to potential bidders in Chile.

3rd Qtr. 2017

 

178 09.06.2017 DOP Consultancy Contract for the Development ESO VLT Interferometer Control Software.

The scope of this Price Inquiry is to procure software consultancy services for the development and  deployment of current VLT Interferometer Control Software including the Interferometer Supervisor Software.

The scope of work which is expected to require 1 FTE contains the following services:

·        Development of ISS to support GRAVITY instrument commissioning and pre-operation for specific mode as for example the astrometry in 2018.

·        Development of extensions for the commissioning and pre-operation of specific modes of CIAO (for example with UT M2 Chopping) in 2018.

·        Development of extensions for the integration, commissioning and pre-operation of MATISSE instrument in 2018 and 2019.

·        Development of extensions for the integration, commissioning and pre-operation of Gra4MAT in 2018, 2019 and 2020

·        Development of extensions for the integration, commissioning and pre-operation of NAOMI in 2018 and 2019.

·        Development of extensions for the integration, commissioning and pre-operation of VibMet in 2018.

·        Development of extensions for integration test code simulating instruments and exercising all VLTI sub-systems available on VLTI Control Model in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

·        Implementation and test of new features according to approved Change Requests in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

·        Support VLTSW upgrades and removal/decommissioning of obsolete code as required by the new development needs in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The one or maximum two specialists, providing the consultancy services, are expected to be familiar with Scientific Linux, real-time OS vxWorks, programming languages (C++, C, Matlab) and scripting languages (UNIX shell, Tcl/Tk).

The Consultancy Contract is for 3 years with an option to extend the contract by up to 1 year. The consultancy services are expected to start on 01 January 2018, in addition to a hand-over period starting on 01 October 2017.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued beginning of Q3/2017 to companies in ESO Member States.

CANCELLED
177 31.05.2017 ELT Supply of Electronics Cabinets for the ELT M1 Cell

This Request for Information relates to the supply contract for the 138 (+spares) M1 Electronics Cabinets.

The 798 mirror segments of the ELT Primary Mirror are actively controlled to maintain their relative position. The control system required to coordinate this positioning requires electronics, communication and cooling infrastructure housed in a distributed array of electronics cabinets (M1 Electronics Cabinets) in the back structure of the primary mirror.

The majority of cabinets are closed 800x800x800mm (h x w x d) in size housing electronics, power supplies and heat exchangers.

The supplier shall take ownership of the existing advanced conceptual design of the cabinets, industrialize the design maintaining the performance and interface requirements and elaborate as needed for manufacturing.

The contractor shall deliver (Ex Works) all cabinets as assembled and verified units containing all internal equipment, electronics, cooling elements and interfaces for mounting and connection to infrastructure (power, data, cooling).

The Call for Tender is expected to be issued in Q1/2018 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil/Chile.

1st Qtr. 2018
173 27.04.2017 ELT Design and Development of a Prototype Real-time, High Performance Computation Platform (HRTCp) Targeting Adaptive Optics Control.

Request for Information for the design and development of a prototype real-time, high performance MIMO controller using CPU-based hardware over Ethernet.

The high-performance component of an Adaptive Optics controller is the “hard real-time core” (HRTC). In addition to its raw computing power (~1.4 TFLOPS), it has demanding memory bandwidth and I/O requirements, in excess of 48Gbps.

This contract targets prototyping the HRTC using CPU-based technologies and standard software in order to achieve the performance requirements using COTS technology.

The successful bidder shall be adept with software development of real-time systems on the Intel CPU (e.g. Xeon and Xeon Phi).

The Call for Tender is expected to be issued in Q3/2017 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil/Chile.

2nd Qtr. 2017
171 13.04.2017 DOA/ALMA Inland Transport and Warehousing Services for ESO and ALMA Goods.

Call for tender for the Inland Transport and Warehouse Services for ESO and ALMA goods in Chile.

The service includes:

·        Regular transport of goods, by truck between Santiago and II, IV and V Regions, delivering to all ESO sites;

·        Warehousing in Santiago and in Antofagasta cities;

·        Pick up of goods within Santiago and in the main harbours in Chile.

The services dedicated to ESO and ALMA shall start on 1 April 2018 for a period of 36 months with options to extend it by up to more 24 months.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be released in Q2/2017 to potential bidders in Chile.

3rd Qtr. 2017
166 22.02.2017 LPO Service Contract for the development and implementation of an Information & Knowledge Management (IKM) program at the La Silla Paranal Observatory (LPO)

Request for information (RFI) to identify consulting companies that are interested in and capable of developing and implementing the Information & Knowledge Management program for the Paranal Observatory, located 130 km south of Antofagasta in Chile.

The project consists in the:

·        development of the program;

·        development of the tools;

·        implementation of program and tools;

·        training on best practices, processes and tools.

The RFI is expected to be issued in April 2017 to potential suppliers in ESO Member States and in Chile, and will be followed by a Call for tender that is scheduled to be released in May 2017.

2nd Qtr. 2017
145 10.05.2016 DOE Service Contract for the Support of Science Operation Software Quality Infrastructure

The purpose of this Price Inquiry is to procure consultancy services for support services for the set-up and maintenance of a quality assurance infrastructure.

The tasks are defined for one (1) specialist for the following activities:

Integration and adaptation of the version control, issue management, documentation management, continuous integration, model management, automated inspection and code review systems. The following skills are required: Java, XSLT, Unix programming (scripting languages), Maven, Gradle, Puppet, and user level knowledge of Eclipse or IntelliJ. The following experience is desirable: SVN administration, JIRA administration, Jenkins administration, Web development with Grails, usage of UML descriptive models, testing, DOORS usage.

The effort is expected to represent 1 FTE over three years, with an option for an extension of up to two years. The contract is expected to start on 1 June 2017.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q1/2017 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil.

ON HOLD
141 06.05.2016 DOP Video Surveillance for the ALMA Array Operation Site (AOS) at the Chajnantor Plateau

The purpose of this Call for tender is to procure a video surveillance system covering (most of) the area where the ALMA Array is located at the Chajnantor Plateau at 5000m in the Andean Region close to San Pedro de Atacama. The area is approximately a 10km radius circle centered on the AOS Central Cluster. The system will operate 24x7 and shall cover also night surveillance for selected accesses.

The scope of work includes the provision and installation of video cameras, archiving and image analysis software, maintenance and training. Depending on the position of the cameras there may be the need also to provide civil work and fiber and power installation.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be issued in Q2/2016 to potential suppliers in Chile only.

1st/2nd Qtr. 2017
129 11.11.2015 DOP/PMD E-ELT In-situ Cleaning System for M1 Segments The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is investigating if suitable methods for an in-situ cleaning of the M1 segments for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) exist. In-situ meaning without dismounting the segments form the telescope. ESO is looking for companies, having promising hardware and processes capable of doing this, with any available technology.

Request for Information

4th  Qtr. 2015

 

Call for tender

tbd

112 03.03.2015 DOP/ELT Request for Information for the supply of the E-ELT M3 Mirror Design and Manufacturing

A Request for information (RFI) covering the design and manufacturing of the E-ELT Tertiary Mirror (M3) will be issued in Q2 2015.

The E-ELT M3 Mirror is a 4-m diameter F/2.6 slightly aspheric concave mirror. It is made of low expansion glass or glass ceramic, has a meniscus shape, about 100-mm thick.

The M3 Mirror will be supported axially on a passive 18 points whiffletree and load spreaders, and laterally on 12 points along the mirror edge.

The RFI will cover:

·         The design of the M3 Mirror and of its support interfaces, its handling and transport auxiliary equipment,   its production and test tooling.

·         The procurement of the M3 Mirror support interfaces and auxiliary equipment, of the production and test tooling, and the setup of the production facilities.

·         The M3 Mirror manufacturing: Adhesive bonding of the mirror support interfaces, optical grinding and polishing, and testing of the M3 Mirror.

·         Acceptance testing of the M3 Mirror and its auxiliary equipment, packing, and delivery to ESO.

The mirror material substrate (The M3 Mirror Blank) will be procured by ESO, based on mutually agreed blank specifications.

The purpose of the RFI is to identify the companies and/or consortia that have interest and the capabilities to perform the above activities.

The contract is expected to be awarded in 2016.

Based on the outcome of the RFI, issued to potential suppliers in ESO Member States, Poland, Chile and Brazil, ESO is planning to release the corresponding Call for Tender in Q4 2015.

Request for Information

Released on  31.07.2015

Closing date 02.10.2015

 

Call for tender

2nd Qtr. 2016

Released Calls for tender, Preliminary Inquiries, Price Inquiries

CfT No Date Division Subject Details  
187 18.07.2017 DOP Engineering Consultancy Contract for integration support for the NAOMI project.

The scope of this Price Inquiry is to procure integration support for the NAOMI project.

The work which is expected to require 1 FTE contains the following services:

  • Update and Correction of opto-       mechanical model based on CAD Autodesk Inventor
  • Design of opto-mechanical components (mainly tooling) with CAD Autodesk Inventor
  • Modelling of part of the ATs based on “.dwg” or “.dxf” 2D drawings to properly interface NAOMI within the ATs.
  • Release of manufacturing drawing ready for procurements
  • Procurement of mechanical components
  • Verification of procured components
  • Participation to the integration in Garching
  • Participation to the packing in Garching
  • Participation to the integration on Paranal (2 to 3 missions are planned of 14 days are planned)
  • Re-design of the spider of the ATs
  • Full design package delivery for the PAC of NAOMI

Mandatory experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the design of opto-mechanical components with CAD Autodesk Inventor.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in the assembly integration and test of opto-mechanical components
  • University degree in opto-mechanics or mechanics
  • Good command of spoken and written English
  • Preparedness and physical fitness for travelling to Paranal Chile (~2600m).

The contractor is expected to fully perform the entrusted work at ESO premises (mainly Garching and missions to Paranal).

The effort is expected to represent 1 FTE over one year, with an option for an extension of six months. The contract is expected to start on 1 December 2017.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q3/2017 to companies in ESO Member States and Australia.

Price Inquiry

Released 23.08.2017

Closing date 20.09.2017

182 05.07.2017 DOE

Consultancy Contract for the Development and Maintenance of detector control Software.

The scope of this Price Inquiry is to procure consultancy services for the Development and Maintenance of detector and instrumentation Software.

The scope of work which is expected to require 1 FTE contains the following tasks:

ESO is in the process of developing a new version of the NGC controller, an in-house detector controller for optical and infrared scientific detectors, as well as for wavefront sensors. The control software for the new NGC controller will be implemented largely based on the current version but adapted to the new technologies and detectors selected for the ELT project.

The scope of work contains the development and maintenance of the core software for the NGC controllers and the specific functionalities required by each of the E-ELT first generation instruments. Experience with C/C++, Python and Qt under Linux is required as well as with real-time data acquisition. Experience with detector control and PCI drivers for Linux would be a plus.

The consultancy services need to be performed at the ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany.

The Consultancy Contract is for 3 years with an option to extend the contract by up to 2 years. The consultancy services are expected to start on 1 January 2018.

The Price Inquiry will be issued in Q3/2017 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil.

Price Inquiry

Released 03.08.2017

Closing date 30.08.2017

179 08.06.2017 DOE Data Communication Links

Call for tender procedure to select a contractor who will be responsible for the provisioning of the continuation of the existing connectivity service dedicated to real-time and interactive IPv4 network traffic.

The scope of services will include the following:

-        Provision of IPv4 Network connection between ESO Garching and ESO Chile

The Call for tender is scheduled to be issued in Q2/Q3 2017 to potential suppliers in the ESO Member States and Brazil and Chile.

Call for tender

Released 04.08.2017

Closing date 25.09.2017

176 26.05.2017 DOO/LSO

Service Contract for Facility Management, at La Silla Observatory, near La Serena.

Call for tender for the provision of Facility Operations Support services required by La Silla Observatory, located 160 Km from La Serena, Chile.

The scope of the services includes:

1.     Catering;

2.     Cleaning;

3.     Accommodation arrangements;

4.     Facilities and vehicles maintenance;

5.     Driving services;

6.     Reception and Administrative duties.

The Contract shall start on 1 January 2018 for a period of 3 years with an option to extend it by up to 2 more years.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be released in Q2/2017 to potential suppliers in Chile.

Call for tender

Released 11.07.2017

Closing date 14.08.2017

175 22.05.2017 DOE Consultancy Contract for the Integration and Testing of ALMA Dataflow Software

The scope of this Price Inquiry is to procure consultancy services for the Integrated Testing of ALMA Data Flow Software.

The scope of work which is expected to require 1 FTE contains the following tasks:

Testing web-based and desktop software applications for the ALMA Data Flow in support of the development team.

The specialist providing the consultancy services can understand detailed requirements and define test plans, and can communicate equally well with stakeholders, project managers and developers. The scope of work also includes developing, implementing and maintaining automated procedures, wherever possible and appropriate.

The consultancy services need to be performed at the ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany.

The Consultancy Contract is for 3 years with an option to extend the contract by up to 2 years. The consultancy services are expected to start on 1 January 2018.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q3/2017 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil.

Price Inquiry

Released 04.07.2017

Closing date 09.08.2017

 

174 17.05.2017 DSC/ePOD Frame Contract Outreach Services 2017-2019

The scope of this Call for tender is to procure Outreach Consultancy for the ESO Education and Public Outreach Department during the timeframe from 01.08.2017 until 31.12.2019.

The scope of work which is estimated to require approximately 17.410 hours to cover the following areas:

- web development

- web content support

- editorial support

- coordination and support for public information and outreach.

The estimated scope and extent of the services required can be summarized as follows:

- Web Content Support (ESO, IAU, ESA/Hubble) / ca. 7000 hours ;

- Graphic Design (ESO, ESA/Hubble) / ca.  290 hours;

-  Portal to the Universe Editorial Support (maintaining the feeds, featuring the content, coordinating the editors) / ca. 830 hours;

- Community Coordination / ca. 4830 hours

- Public Information Officer Support (ESA/   Hubble) / ca. 4.460 hours;

The hired consultants should have the requested knowledge, as mentioned in the Statement of Work.

The Consultancy Contract is for 29 months with no foreseen option to extend. The services are expected to start on 01 August 2017.

The personnel assigned is required to work remotely, with some exceptionally meetings/missions.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be issued in Q2/2017 to companies in the ESO Member States and Brazil.

Call for tender

Released 12.06.2017

Closing date 17.07.2017

 

172 26.04.2017 ELT

Construction of Foundations for the ELT Medium Voltage Prefabricated Substations.

The scope of this Price Inquiry is to procure the construction of the concrete slabs and the installation of an earth electrode for two medium voltage prefabricated substations at the Armazones base camp area, 120 Km from Antofagasta.

The scope of work contains the following tasks:

·        Excavations for foundations and earth electrode;

·        Construction of the concrete foundations;

·        Supply, installation and connection of the earth electrode.

The works shall start during June 2017.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be released in May/2017 to potential bidders in Chile.

Price Inquiry

released on
11.05.2017

closing date 26.05.2017

The contract was awarded to Astaldi Sucursal (CL)

170 27.03.2017 APEX Service Contract for Facility Operations Support at APEX Observatory

Preliminary Inquiry (PI) to identify and select companies that have interest and capabilities to provide the Facility Operations Support Services required by APEX Observatory, located at San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The scope of services includes

1.     car fleet maintenance and repair

2.     infrastructure maintenance

3.     electronic engineering support

4.     air conditioning equipment maintenance

5.     power generator maintenance

6.     general operations support

7.     staff commuting and logistics support

The PI is expected to be issued in May 2017 to potential suppliers in Chile and will be followed by a Call for Tender that is scheduled to be released in June 2017.

The contract shall start on 01 January 2018 for a period of 3 years with an option to extend by up to 2 more years.

Call for tender

Released 02.06.2017

Closing date 02.08.2017

169 31.03.2017 DOO Service Contract for Mechanical Engineering Services

The scope of this Price Inquiry is to procure Mechanical Engineering consultancy services for the maintenance support of 25 ALMA antennas.

The scope of work which is expected to require 1 FTE contains the following tasks:

·        development of upgrades

·        follow-up of corrective maintenance

·        refurbishments of the mechanisms and structure of the 25 ALMA antennas.

The engineer providing the consultancy services should have extensive knowledge in Mechanical Engineering (University degree mandatory) with particular experience in hydraulics, steel and carbon fiber structures. Good knowledge of the English language is mandatory, knowledge of Spanish would be beneficial.

The consultancy services need to be performed at the ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany.

Some missions to the ALMA Observatory at 3000m and 5000m above sea level are expected.

The Consultancy Contract is for 1 year with an option to extend the contract for another year. The consultancy services are expected to start on 1 September 2017.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q2/2017 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil.

Price Inquiry

Released on 02.05.2017

Closing date 06.06.2017

168 27.02.2017 ALMA Road Maintenance Services at Alma Observatory

Preliminary Inquiry (PI) to identify and select companies that have interest and capabilities to provide the internal road maintenance services to the ALMA Observatory, located close to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The total amount of Kms to maintain is 122Km., among which 45Kms are made of gravel and requires 90% of the maintenance tasks effort. The services include, but are not limited to: water drainage maintenance, base material supply/transportation/preparation (inside and outside ALMA), culverts maintenance, snow removal, road moistening, road surface replacement, road reshaping and operation of the ESO/ALMA equipment.

The contract should start from December 2017, for a period of 2 years with 3 options to be extended by 1 year.

The PI is expected to be issued in Q2 2017 to potential suppliers in Chile, and will be followed by a Call for tender that is scheduled to be released in May 2017.

Preliminary Inquiry

Issued on 12.06.2017

Closing date 09.08.2017

 

167 23.02.2017 ALMA/PAO Service Contract for the Security Services at OSF and AOS in ALMA Observatory, at Paranal Observatory and at ESO Premises in Vitacura.

Call for Tender for the Security Services at the ALMA Observatory, located 18 km from San Pedro de Atacama, at the ESO Paranal Observatory, located 130 km south of Antofagasta, and at ESO Premises located at Vitacura, in Chile.

For ALMA the scope of the services primarily covers a 24 hr/day access control at the main entrance on the public road CH23, the base camp buildings and main access gate to the high site, and at buildings and secondary access to the ALMA high site (at 5,000 meters above sea level).

For Paranal, the scope of the services primarily includes a 24 hr/day access control and a 12hr/night shift patrol on the Observatory site.

For Vitacura, the scope of the services includes a 24 hr/day access control at the Entrance Gate.

The services dedicated to ALMA and Paranal shall start on 1st December 2017 for a period of 36 months with options to extend it by up to more 24 months.

The services dedicated to Vitacura shall start on 1st February 2018 for a period of 34 months with options to extend it by up to more 24 months.

A Preliminary Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q2 2017, to potential suppliers in Chile, to be followed by a Call for tender end of Q2 2017.

Call for tender

Issued on 12.05.2017

Closing date 21.06.2017

165 03.02.2017 DOE Provision of System and Storage hardware and maintenance support

ESO is preparing the procurement of the storage expansion nodes for the VLT and EU ARC Science archive and the maintenance of these nodes in addition to the existing archive infrastructure.

The existing archive infrastructure is a mix of 84 x86 based Chenbro and Supermicro enclosures each containing up to 24 disks of differing capacities that are split into three clusters: two clusters for the ESO VLT archive (75 nodes) and one for the EU-ARC (9 nodes).  The current capacity of the infrastructure is over 1.5 PB.  It is planned to migrate all Chenbro enclosures to Supermicro by the end of 2017. Future storage systems have not yet been defined, but it is envisaged that they will follow similar trend.

ESO intends to issue a price Inquiry/Call for Tender for the procurement of System and Storage hardware and maintenance support in Q2/Q3 2017. The Contract is expected to be awarded in Q4 2017.

Call for tender

Issued on 05.07.2017

Closing date 11.08.2017

164 01.02.2017 ELT Request for information for the design, construction and supply of the PFS-A Main System.

Request for information (RFI) to identify companies and/or consortia that are interested in and capable of developing, building and testing the Prefocal Station A Main System of the ELT.

The Prefocal Station A Main System, is an approximately 30 tonne high-precision opto-mechanical device, that will be installed by ESO on one of the Nasmyth Platforms of the ELT telescope. It will occupy a volume of about 5m (width) x 4,75 m (depth) x 13,5 m (height).

The major functions of the Prefocal Station Main System are to:

·        Provide optical beam propagation from the telescope to the Nasmyth Instrumentation, Coudè Instrumentation, Phasing and Diagnostics station.

·        Deliver focal plane and telescope pupil images to imaging and wavefront sensing cameras hosted in the PFS-A Main System using natural guide stars. These images will be used for field acquisition, field stabilization and wavefront control of the telescope.

The Prefocal Station A Main System includes the following main elements:

·        A large mechanical welded supporting structure

·        Two optically flat elliptical mirrors made of low thermal expansion glass ceramic (approximately 1597mm TBCx1111mm TBC and 527mmx383 mm) along with their cells and kinematics

·        A natural guide star adapter hosting three scanning sensor arms and the kinematics required to move them independently. Each sensor arm comprises a flat pickoff mirror and optical systems that form an image of a natural guide star and a corresponding telescope pupil image at the interfaces with the imaging camera and wavefront sensing camera respectively

·        Local control system

The Prefocal Station A Main System also hosts several other subsystems of Prefocal Station A: imaging camera, wavefront sensing camera, metrology, phasing and diagnostic station. The hosted subsystems are not in the scope of supply of the PFS-A Main System.

The potential supplier shall perform the following activities at his own premises: design, analyse, fabricate, assemble, verify and test the Prefocal Station A Main System. Upon successful acceptance granted by ESO, the supplier shall dismount the Prefocal Station A Main System and pack it ready for shipment to Cerro Armazones in Chile.

Based on the outcome of the RFI, issued to potential suppliers in ESO Member States, ESO is planning to release the corresponding Call for Tender in Q3 2017.

Preliminary Inquiry

Released

26.05.2016

Closing date

23.06.2017

Call for tender

Released 03.08.2017

Closing date 27.10.2017

163 16.12.2016 DOO/LSO Service Contract for Night Security Services at La Silla Observatory, near La Serena

Call for tender for the provision of night security services at the La Silla Observatory, located 160 km from La Serena, Chile.

The scope of work covers night patrolling at the La Silla site premises all year long.

The Contract shall start on 1June 2017 for a period of 3 years with an option to extend it by up to 2 more years.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be released in Q1/2017 to potential bidders in Chile.

Call for tender

Issued on 13.04.2017 

Closing Date 12.05.2017

The contract was awarded to Securitas S.A. (CL)

162 01.12.2016 DOE Frame Contract for Procurement and Maintenance of CISCO Components

Call for Tender with included Qualification/Preliminary Inquiry to selected companies for establishing a frame contract for Cisco network and video conferencing components. The frame contract shall cover, for the Headquarters in Garching near Munich, procurement of components, maintenance of existing components with different service levels and technical support for network projects.

The contract shall start on 01 July 2017 and have a duration of three years with the possibility to extend it by two years.

The Call for Tender is scheduled to be released in Q1/2017 to potential suppliers within ESO Member States and Brazil.

Call for tender

Released on 03.02.2017

Closing date 07.03.2017

161 28.11.2016 DOO Service contract for the maintenance of the VLT and VLTI Software infrastructure

The purpose of this Call for Tender/Price Inquiry is to procure consultancy services for the maintenance of the VLT and VLTI Common Software Infrastructure. The scope of work includes corrective, preventive and adaptive maintenance, for the coming 3 years with an option for an extension of up to two years, of the VLT and VLTI Common Software infrastructure which is now deployed at the La Silla Paranal Observatory since 20 years.

Senior-level skills in programming C, C++ in a Linux environment are mandatory. Real time programming under VxWorks is also required. Expertise in modern astronomical interferometry is a must for the maintenance of the VLTI infrastructure, as well as a deep knowledge of Tcl/Tk.

The effort is expected to represent 2.5 FTEs over 3 years with an option for an extension of up to two years. The contract is expected to start on 1 July 2017.

The Call for Tender/Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q1/2017 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil.

Price Inquiry

Released on 18.01.2017

Closing date 22.02.2017

160 23.11.2016 DOE Service Contract for the Integration and Testing of VLT and ALMA Dataflow Software

The scope of this Price Inquiry is to procure consultancy services for the Integration and Testing of VLT and ALMA Data Flow Software.

The tasks are defined for one (1) specialist for the following activities:

Support in integrating and testing Software applications for the VLT and ALMA Data Flow desktop and client-server Web applications. The scope of work also includes developing and implementing automated procedures, wherever possible and appropriate, to speed-up the verification process.

The effort is expected to represent 1 FTE over three years, with an option for an extension of up to two years. The contract is expected to start on 1 July 2017.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q1/2017 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil.

Price Inquiry

Released on 19.01.2017

Closing date 22.02.2017

The Contract was awarded to Informate International N.V. (BE)

159 08.11.2016 E-ELT Service Contract for the Engineering and Construction of the E-ELT infrastructure based at the Paranal Observatory (PAO)

Request for information (RFI) to identify companies that are interested in and capable of developing the Engineering and Construction of the E-ELT PAO based infrastructure, located 130 km south of Antofagasta in Chile.

The project consists in the urbanization of an area located North of PAO base camp. On this new urban area (surface ca. 4500 m2) is projected the construction of 2 buildings that will lodge:

·        the E-ELT Mirror Facility (or EMF, surface ca. 2500 m2), and

·        the E-ELT technical building (or ETB, surface ca. 750 m2).

The RFI is expected to be issued in December 2016 to potential suppliers in Chile, and will be followed by a Call for tender that is scheduled to be released in April 2017.

Price Inquiry

Released on 18.01.2017

Closing date 15.03.2017

Call for tender

Released on 02.05.2017

Closing date 03.08.2017

 

 

 

 

158 03.11.2016 E-ELT Service Contract for the design, supply and installation of a dynamic barrier above the E-ELT road

Call for tender for the detailed design, supply and installation of a dynamic barrier at the foot of the NW dump of the Armazones Top Platform. The barrier is aimed at protecting from rock-fall phenomena the road section between km 23,400 and km 23,700.

The preliminary features of the barrier to be designed, supplied and installed are the following:

·        Energy dissipation capacity is around 600 kJ to 750 kJ

·       Height of the barrier is 3 m to 4 m.

·        Length of the barrier is 150 m.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be issued in Q4/2016 to potential suppliers in ESO Member States, Brazil and Chile.

Call for tender

Released on 22.12.2016

Closing date 18.01.2017

The Contract was awarded to

Geobrugg Andina SA (CL/SW)

 

157 08.11.2016
SDD Frame contract for Procurement and Maintenance of Networking and Communication components

The purpose of this Call for tender is to establish a frame contract for the supply and the maintenance of network and video conferencing components installed in all the ESO sites in Chile.

The existing equipment are CISCO but the new frame contract may include additional brands at the level of CISCO technologies.

The Contractor shall provide emergency services in the following ESO sites:

- Paranal Observatory, located 130 km south-east of Antofagasta at an altitude of 2600m above the sea level,

- La Silla Observatory, located 160 km north of La Serena at an altitude of 2400m above the sea level.

The contract shall start on 01.07.2017 and shall consider a firm period of 3 years with the option to extend it for 2 more years.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be released in Q4/2016 to potential suppliers in Chile.

Call for Tender

Released on 01.12.2016

Closing date 18.01.2017

156 04.11.2016 DOA Contract for the publishing of the Journal “Astronomy and Astrophysics” (A & A)

The scope of this Call for Tender is to procure services for the publication of the international Journal “Astronomy and Astrophysics” (A & A).

The contract for publishing services is necessary to ensure the publishing and distribution of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Journal. ESO together with the A & A Board need to examine and tender relevant services available on the market and offered by publishers, to produce and publish this international scientific journal under the best conditions.

The requested services should have an initial duration of 3 years, with an option for an extension of 2 additional years. A further 2 year extension will be optional. The contract is expected to start on 1 January 2018.

The Call for Tender is expected to be issued in Q4/2016 to companies in the ESO Member States and Brazil.

Call for tender

Released on 12.12.2016

Closing date 03.02.2017

The Contract was awarded to EDP Sciences (FR)

155 28.10.2016 DOO/PAO Operations Support Services to the Logistics & Facilities Management Department of Paranal Observatory

Preliminary Inquiry (PI) to identify and select companies that have interest and capabilities to provide the services to the ESO Paranal Observatory, located 130 km south of Antofagasta, in Chile.

The Department is responsible, amongst others, for providing the commuting, board & lodging services to all Paranal staff, visiting Astronomers, contractors’ personnel and other VIP and media visitors.

The scope of work includes various activities required to plan, book and control the travel and accommodation arrangements, support the Department Head in the coordination with other service providers, provide monthly statistics on the activities of the Department.

The PI is expected to be issued in November 2016 to potential suppliers in Chile, and will be followed by a Call for tender that is scheduled to be released in December 2016.

The Contract shall start on 1 August 2017 for a period of 3 years with options to extend by up to 2 years.

Call for tender

Released on 09.01.2017

Closing date 14.02.2017

The contract was awarded to Luis Novion y Cia Ltda (CL)

154 28.10.2016 PAO
Service Contract for the repairs of the asphalt road and for the construction of a parking area at the Paranal Observatory

Call for tender for the repairs, over 1 km, of the asphalt road existing between the Paranal camp and the Telescope area and for the construction of a parking area in the Paranal camp.

The scope of work for the road repairs includes the sealing of cracks and the installation of a PVC mesh and of a new asphalt carpet.

The scope of work for the parking construction includes rock excavation, the construction of a retaining wall and laying of an asphalt pavement.  

The Call for tender is scheduled to be issued in Q2/2017 to potential suppliers in Chile.

Call for tender

Released 19.06.2017

Closing date 08.08.2017

153 31.08.2016 ALMA/ADE/IMG HVAC Maintenance Services at ALMA Observatory, near San Pedro de Atacama

Call for tender for the Maintenance Service of the Heat Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) at the ALMA Observatory, located 18 kms from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The service covers the preventive and corrective maintenance of approx. 260 HVAC systems located in the Observatory Site Facilities (OSF), at 2,900 m asl.

The Contract shall start on 1 January 2017 for a period of 2 years with 2 options to extend it by 1 year. 

The Call for tender is scheduled to be released in Q3/2016 to potential bidders in Chile.

Call for tender

Released on 14.02.2017

Closing date 15.03.2017

The contract was awarded to Empresa de Servicios Energéticos Limitada (CL)

152 01.08.2016 E-ELT E-ELT M1 Segment Subunit Mechanics

Call for tender for the production of the Mechanics and Electro-Mechanics of the Segment Subunits of the E-ELT Primary Mirror (M1SS).

The scope of supply will include the manufacturing and delivery of the M1 Segment Supports, Fixed Frame Assemblies and Auxiliary Equipment.

A Request For Information will be performed in Q3/Q4 of 2016 with an Industry day at the end of September 2016.

The Preliminary Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q4 2016, to potential suppliers in ESO Member States, Chile and Brazil followed by a Call for Tender in Q1 2017.

 

Request for Information

Released on 08.09.2016

Closing date 10.10.2016

 

Call for tender

 

Released 31.05.2017

Closing date 20.10.2017

151 29.07.2016 ALMA Request for information for an Electronic Document Management System for ALMA

Request for information (RFI) to identify companies that are interested in, and capable of, providing an effective Electronic Document Management System for the ALMA Observatory.

The system shall comply with technical requirements such as document creation properties, revision control, powerful search engine, privilege restrictions, and workflow production.

The RFI is scheduled to be issued in Q3/2016 to potential suppliers in ESO Member States, Brazil and Chile.

Based on the outcome of the RFI, ESO is planning to release a Preliminary Inquiry in Q4/2016, which will be followed by a Call for tender planned to be released in Q1/2017.

Request for Information

Released on 14.11.2016

Closing date 09.12.2016

150 29.07.2016 DOO Liquid Nitrogen Supply for Paranal Observatory Call for tender for the supply of Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) for the Paranal Observatory, located at 2600 m. above sea level, 130 km. south-east of Antofagasta, in the IInd Region of Chile.

The scope of work includes the supply of LN2 and the installation of a cryogenic station and its removal at the end of the contract.

The contract is expected to start on 1 February 2017 for a firm period of 3 years with the option to extend it by up to 2 more years.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be issued in Q3/2016 to potential suppliers in Chile.

Call for tender

Released on 09.08.2016

Closing date 26.08.2016

 

The Contract was awarded to Air Liquide Chile (CL)


147 10.05.2016 E-ELT Design and Development of the Core Integration Infrastructure (CII) for the E-ELT

Call for tender for the design and development of the Core Integration Infrastructure (CII) and notice to identify companies who have interest and capabilities to carry-out this software contract.

The CII product is a central component of the E-ELT Control System, responsible for the abstraction of communication middleware and provision of core control system services such as logging, alarms, messaging, configuration, time and so forth. The CII will provide the foundation upon which the E-ELT Telescope and Instrument control system applications will be built and integrated.

The CII development contract will entail design and software development of the CII product over an approximate time frame of three years. The software development targets Linux and Linux-RT, primarily in C/C++, Java and Python.

The contract represents 3-4 FTE per year for a period of ca. three years. The contract is expected to start ca. in June 2017.

The Call for tender will be issued in Q3/2016 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil/Chile.

Preliminary Inquiry

Released on 28.10.2016

Closing date 25.11.2016

 

Call for tender

4th Qtr. 2016

146 10.05.2016 DOE Service Contract for the Development and Maintenance of ELT and VLT Dataflow Software

The purpose of this Price Inquiry is to procure consultancy services for the development and maintenance of ELT and VLT Dataflow Software.

The tasks are defined for one (1) specialist for the following activities:

Development and maintenance of software applications and services supporting the operational and scientific requirements of the ELT and VLT dataflow. In addition to the core SW development, the assigned tasks require requirements analysis in periodic interaction with project scientists, test automation, software integration, deployment and end-user support.

Senior-level skills in programming Java, relational databases (SQL), Linux (command line, shell scripting) and Object-Relational Mapping are mandatory. Significant experience in client- and server-side dynamic web development is required (preferably Grails and Angular 1/2). Experience with big data technologies (Hadoop, Elastic Search, NoSQL) would be a strong asset.

The effort is expected to represent 1 FTE over three years, with an option for an extension of up to two years. The contract is expected to start on 1 January 2017.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q2/2016 to companies in ESO Member States, Chile and Brazil.

Price Inquiry

Released on 22.07.2016

Closing date 22.08.2016

 

The Contract was awarded to Pactum Limited (GB)

144 10.05.2016 DOE Service Contract for the Integration and Testing of VLT and ALMA Dataflow Software

The purpose of this Price Inquiry is to procure consultancy services for the integration and testing of VLT and ALMA Data Flow Software.

The tasks are defined for one (1) specialist for the following activities:

Support in integrating and testing Software applications for the VLT and ALMA Data Flow desktop, and client-server Web applications. The scope of work also includes developing and implementing automated procedures, wherever possible and appropriate, to speed-up the verification process.

The effort is expected to represent 1 FTE over three years, with an option for an extension of up to two years. The contract is expected to start on 1 January 2017.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q2/2016 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil.

Price Inquiry

Released on 11.07.2016

Closing date 08.08.2016

The Price Inquiry was not successful.

143 10.05.2016 DOE Service Contract for the Development and Maintenance of VLT Pipelines

The purpose of this Price Inquiry is to procure consultancy services for the development, deployment, and maintenance of VLT Pipelines.

The tasks are defined for one (1) specialist for the following activities:

Preparation of data reduction procedures for the ESO VLT pipelines, and the implementation of these parts in the Linux and OSX environments using ANSI-C with the ESO-CPL library; development of Reflex scientific workflows in ANSI-C and Python. (www.eso.org/pipelines).

The effort is expected to represent 1 FTE over three years, with an option for an  extension of up to two years. The contract is expected to start on 1 January 2017.

The Price Inquiry is scheduled to be issued in Q2/2016 to companies in ESO Member States and Brazil.

Price Inquiry

Released on 01.07.2016

Closing date 29.07.2016

 

The Contract was awarded to

Vitrociset Belgium Sprl (BE)

142 02.05.2016 ALMA/ESG Engineering and construction services for ALMA Observatory internal road upgrade.

The purpose of this Call for tender is to procure engineering and construction services for the improvement of the existing 33 Km road connecting the ALMA base camp (OSF) to the antennas area (AOS).

The scope of work includes:
- evaluation of the existing civil works and identification of the critical points;
- design proposal for all civil works to be done;
- performance of the civil works selected and approved by ALMA.

The Call for tender is scheduled to be issued in Q2/2016 to potential suppliers in Chile.

Call for tender

Released on 24.06.2016

Closing date on 19.08.2016

The Contract was awarded to MBV Ingeniería y Construcción Ltda. (CL)

140 21.04.2016 CTA Detailed Ground Investigation Structural Study – CTA southern array, Chile

Call for tender for a detailed Ground Investigation Structural Study and notice to identify companies who have interest and with capabilities to provide the detailed ground investigation structural study for the proposed construction of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) southern telescope array. The area of study is close to and in the valley below the ESO Paranal Observatory, located 130 km south of Antofagasta, Chile.  The investigation area will be approximately 3 x 3 km and will eventually host 99 unenclosed telescopes of various sizes (from 4m to 23m diameter) and approximately 5 building structures ranging in size from small water tanks to large technical/operations buildings.

The Detailed Ground Investigation Structural Study will cover the following activities:

a. Structural geological cell mapping

b. Drilling/boreholes

c. Trial pits and excavations

d. Geophysical sections

e. Laboratory test data

f. Analysis and Reporting

The study is expected to be awarded late 2016 or early 2017.

Call for tender

Released on 02.08.2016

Closing date 09.09.2016

 

139 18.04.2016 DOP/TDP Design, Manufacture, Verification and Delivery of Large Visible Adaptive Optics (AO) Wavefront Sensing (WFS) CMOS imagers for the E-ELT

Request for Information (RFI) to identify companies that are interested in, and capable of, designing and supplying

Large Visible AO WFS CMOS imagers for the E-ELT.

The scope of supply will include the design and implementation of the manufacturing processes, the qualification and the manufacturing and test of 28 CMOS imagers.

The RFI is scheduled to be issued in Q2/2016 to potential suppliers in ESO Member States, Chile and Brazil.

Based on the outcome of the RFI, ESO is planning to release a Preliminary Inquiry in Q2/2016, which will be followed by a Call for tender planned to be released in Q2/2016.

Call for tender

Released on 29.07.2016

Closing date 07.10.2016

The Contract was awarded to

e2v Technologies Ltd (UK)

132 26.11.2015 DOP/ELT E-ELT M1 Position Actuators Design, Qualification and Manufacturing

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is preparing the procurement of the M1 Position Actuators for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).

The M1 Position Actuators are the sub-units that drive the position of the E-ELT Primary Mirror Segments, in real time and to a few nanometers precision, to maintain the mirror optical quality under changing telescope elevation and changing environment conditions.

They include all equipment specifically required to operate and maintain the subunits, i.e. drive and control equipment.

Preliminary Inquiry

Released on 04.07.2016

Closing date 25.08.2016

 

Call for tender

Released on 23.09.2016

Closing date 19.01.2017

130
11.11.2015 DOP/ELT Request for Information for the E-ELT M1 Segment Washing and Coating

A Preliminary Inquiry (PI) covering the procurement of the M1 (Primary Mirror) segments washing, stripping and coating plant for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will be issued in Q3 2016.

The M1 segment washing and coating facility will consist of a washing stripping unit with associated handling system and a coating plant, and will be located in the Paranal Observatory premises in Chile, 130 km south of Antofagasta.

The purpose of the PI is to identify and select companies that have interest and the capabilities to deliver a complete solution for the above activities (design, delivery and installation of the equipment).

The contract is expected to be awarded in Q4 2017.

Based on the outcome of the PI, issued to potential suppliers in ESO Member States, Brazil and Chile, ESO is planning to release the Call for tender in Q1 2017.

Preliminary Inquiry

Released 22.02.2017

Closing date 03.05.2017

Call for tender

Released 27.06.2017

Closing date 30.11.2017