IUPC Gases

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The IUPC Gases group oversees the provision of contracts, and possible other systems, for the efficient procurement of those compressed, liquefied and solidified gases commonly used on behalf of all Institutions in the UK Higher Education sector, including those of the Research Councils.

Gases Tender (updated 11th July 2016)

The present iteration of the IUPC Gases framework with BOC, Air Liquide, Swagelok (London) and FTI commenced on the 1st March 2013 and will conclude 30th September 2016. A part extension of the fourth year is presently in force while we undertake the next tender with the intention to bring the review cycle back to one that would see both the new tender and the implementation of any in-contract reviews to 1st October in each year. A number of tender submissions are presently being evaluated with the intention to announce the new award in September 2016.

The framework agreement was awarded across eleven different ‘Lots’, giving a choice of supplier for those Lots where an economically advantageous offer (one giving value for money) was made by more than one supplier. For those institutions that spend over the Public Sector Threshold [c.£174,000] during the period of a contract, the way that the appropriate supplier should be chosen by the customer from the framework agreement is regulated. Further information on this is contained within the Framework Guidance document.

The suppliers listed below have been awarded the various Lots on the agreement.  Where a supplier’s name is shown in bold, this is the supplier giving clearly the best value for money for that Lot according to the tender evaluation against the award criteria.

Lots

Suppliers Awarded

Lot 1 – Industrial Gases

Air Liquide

BOC Gases

Lot 2 – Medical Gases

BOC Gases

Lot 3 – Special Gases, Research Gases & Gas Mixtures

BOC Gases

Air Liquide

Lot 4 – Dry Ice (Solid CO2)

Air Liquide

BOC Gases

Lot 5 – Liquid Helium

BOC Gases

Air Liquide

Lot 6 – Liquid Nitrogen in Small Vessels

BOC Gases

Lot 7 – Liquid Nitrogen in Bulk

BOC Gases

Air Liquide

Lot 8 – Gas Regulators and Handling Equipment

Air Liquide

BOC Gases

Lot 9 – Assorted Fixtures and Fittings

Swagelok (London)

FTI Ltd

Lot 10 – Dispensing Gases and Systems

BOC Gases

Air Liquide

Lot 12 – Safety Training Courses

BOC Gases

Air Liquide

No award was made for Lot 11, lecture bottles.

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