Published date: 5 November 2021

Last edited date: 29 November 2021

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 3 December 2021, 2pm

Contract summary


  • Hydraulic equipment - 43328100

Location of contract

East Midlands

Value of contract

£50,000 to £100,000

Procurement reference


Published date

5 November 2021

Closing date

3 December 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

4 January 2022

Contract end date

31 March 2022

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

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NOTE: This notice was updated on 29 November 2021 for the following reason: Please note the closing date for this opportunity is now 10 December 2021 (14:00).(UKRI wishes to establish a Contract for the provision of four packer assemblies for the UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project.

The UKGEOS project is a £31m capital infrastructure project funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), delivered by The British Geological Survey (BGS) on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)/UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The aim of the UKGEOS project is to build two world class subsurface research facilities, which will improve understanding of the response of the subsurface environment to energy transfer and storage. The first research site in Glasgow has been completed and is now operational and construction of the second observatory in Cheshire will commence in Summer 2022.

This Invitation to Tender is for equipment to be used at the Cheshire Observatory. The objective of the Cheshire Observatory is to strengthen our understanding of the underground environment. The Observatory will provide scientists and innovators with flexible research facilities to test new technologies, to optimise system performance, and to investigate the long-term effect of temperature changes on the subsurface environment. It will be a unique science facility in the UK, comprising around 21 boreholes that will, over time, attract leading geologists, engineers and other scientists from across the world to undertake vital energy-related research.)

About the buyer

Contact name

Kate Richardson


UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House
SN12 1FL