DECC tenders £10 million open source contract

DECC tenders £10 million open source contract

The tender is looking for a maximum of five suppliers to provide services over a four year period to support DECC’s UK Energy Portal

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has tendered a £10 million framework contract for open source based energy portal services.

The contract will support the work of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Marine Management Organisation, and the Health and Safety Executive under the Framework for Energy Portal Services, as well as DECC itself.

The tender is looking for a maximum of five suppliers to provide services over a four year period to support DECC’s UK Energy Portal, which supports the regulation of the oil, gas and electricity infrastructure industries.

The portal acts as a hub for applications, consents and notifications covering varied areas such petroleum licensing, offshore surveys, well drilling, chemical use, maintaining pipeline data, overhead lines, tree lopping, and offshore renewable installations. The Portal also supports the case management and licensing systems for other bodies, including the Marine Management Organisation and the Health and Safety Executive.

The majority of Energy Portal applications are now based on the open source software FOX Open. DECC is seeking suppliers to provide application transition, maintenance and support; application design and development; and other support services covering GIS applications and business intelligence systems. DECC also requires Oracle 11g database administration support.

DECC said, “Whilst we will work with successful suppliers to develop knowledge in the required areas, it would be useful to have some experience and understanding of the energy sector and/or a consenting regime in another public sector context.”

On the value of the contract, DECC said, “The maximum value of this framework will be 10 million pounds if other departments use this framework.”

Last year DECC used public cloud services to launch its National Heat Map, a publicly accessible web resource providing high-resolution maps of heat demand across England.

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