ARCHIVED NRCan Bio Oil Upgrade Technologies (23584-200642/A)

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Tender Notice


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Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2020/01/28 14:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST)


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Region of delivery
Notice type
Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)
Trade agreement
  • None
Tendering procedure
Generally only one firm has been invited to bid
Non-competitive procurement strategy
Exclusive Rights
Procurement entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada
End user entity
Natural Resources Canada

Contact Information

Contact name
Vandonk, Tyler
Contact email
Contact phone
(905) 301-5477 ( )
Contact fax
( ) -
Contact address
Ontario Region
10th Floor, 4900 Yonge Street
M2N 6A6
Telephone No.: (905) 301-5477 (    )
Facsimile No.: (   )    -


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Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: Generally only one firm has been invited to bid
Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Exclusive Rights
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Vendor Name and Address: 
Western Maple Bio Resources Inc.
Unit 4, 525 First Street
London Ontario
Nature of Requirements: 

NRCan Bio Oil Upgrade Technologies

Vandonk, Tyler
Telephone No. - (905) 301-5477 (    )

1. Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) 

An ACAN is a public notice indicating to the supplier community that a department or agency intends to award a contract for goods, services or construction to a pre-identified supplier, thereby allowing other suppliers to signal their interest in bidding, by submitting a statement of capabilities. If no supplier submits a statement of capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, on or before the closing date stated in the ACAN, the contracting officer may then proceed with the award to the pre-identified supplier. 

2. Definition of the requirement 

The Department of Natural Resources of Canada has a requirement to Development of Applicable Bio-oil Upgrading Technologies to Reduce Bio-oil Corrosivity and Enhance the application of the Oil for Clean Energy Production. The work will involve the following: 
a) Pre-selection of promising bio-crudes upgrading technologies, and laboratory test facility preparation. 
b) Upgrading of crude bio-oils and identify the corrosivity and other chemical properties of the upgraded oils.
c) Further improve Upgrading technologies, and collaborate with other stakeholders to determine suitable materials that can be used for the storage, transportation and application of oils upgraded via the most cost-effective upgrading technologies.

3. Criteria for assessment of the Statement of Capabilities (Minimum Essential Requirements) 

Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement of capabilities that it meets the following requirements: 
a) Leading technical staff must have at least ten (10) years of demonstrated experience in bio-crudes upgrading, and knowledge of state-of-the-art bio-crudes upgrading techniques (hydrodeoxygenation and/or esterification with supercritical alcohols). The interested supplier should provide evidence such as related projects and/or publications;
b) The interested supplier must provide at least one example to demonstrate how they worked with government and/or industrial partners in the past 10 years;
c) Academic qualifications of the interested supplier’s technical staff must have PhD in chemical engineering, or a related field about bioenergy production;
d) Facilities, The interested supplier must have testing facilities that can be operated at temperature up to 500 C and pressure up to 5000 psig to conduct upgrading tests using hydrodeoxygenation or esterification with supercritical alcohols; 
e) The interested supplier must have analytical equipment for products analyses:
Products analyses | Analytical equipment
Acidity | Total acid number titrator or equivalent
Viscosity | Viscometer or equivalent
Gaseous products distribution | Gas chromatograph (GC) or equivalent
Liquid products distribution | Gas chromatography - Mass spectrometer (GCMS) or equivalent
f) The interested supplier must demonstrate they have the required facilities. Evidence includes photos of reactors and analytical instruments, and scientific publications, technical reports, operations manuals or other related documents that demonstrate the existing specifications of reactors and analytical instruments

4. Applicability of the trade agreements to the procurement 

This procurement is not subject to any trade agreements: 

5. Justification for the Pre-Identified Supplier 

This is the only known Supplier that can perform the stated work and meet the criteria of assessment.

6. Government Contracts Regulations Exception(s) 

The following exception(s) to the Government Contracts Regulations is (are) invoked for this procurement under subsection 6(d) - "only one person is capable of performing the work".

7. Exclusions and/or Limited Tendering Reasons 

The following exclusion(s) and/or limited tendering reasons are invoked under:

8. Ownership of Intellectual Property 

Canada intends to retain ownership of any Foreground Intellectual Property arising out of the proposed contract on the basis that the main purpose of the contract is where statutes, regulations, or prior obligations of the Crown to a third party or parties preclude Contractor ownership of the Foreground.

9. Period of the proposed contract or delivery date 

The proposed contract is for a period of 2+ years, from Contract award to 28  February 2022.

10. Cost estimate of the proposed contract 

The estimated value of the contract, including option(s), is $ 75,000.00 (GST/HST extra). 

11. Name and address of the pre-identified supplier 

Western Maple Bio Resources Inc.
525 First St.
London, ON
N5V 1Z5

12. Suppliers' right to submit a statement of capabilities 

Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the goods, services or construction services described in the ACAN may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this notice on or before the closing date of this notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.

13. Closing date for a submission of a statement of capabilities 

The closing date and time for accepting statements of capabilities is January 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST. 

14. Inquiries and submission of statements of capabilities 

Inquiries and statements of capabilities are to be directed to: 

Name: Tyler Vandonk
Title: Supply Specialist
Department: Public Services and Procurement Canada
Phone: 905-301-5477

Delivery Date: Above-mentioned

You are hereby notified that the government intends to negotiate with one firm only as identified above. Should you have any questions concerning this requirement, contact the contracting officer identified above.

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Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the services/goods described herein, may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this Notice on or before the closing date of this Notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.

The PWGSC file number, the contracting officer's name and the closing date of the ACAN must appear on the outside of the envelope in block letters or, in the case of a facsimile transmission, on the covering page.

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