Below you will find the list of all Tier 1 contracts that have been awarded so far by the SKAO since the approval of construction by the SKAO Council on 29 June 2021.
In total, the SKAO will place over 65 “Tier 1” contracts, representing a total value of 868 million euros. The vast majority are cash where the SKAO is the client, while a few are in-kind, or paid for directly by countries. Below them sit “Tier 2” contracts, placed between Tier 1 contractors and sub-contractors to deliver specific elements of the contract.
The tendering process for all significant SKAO contracts starts when Member country Industry Liaison Officers (ILOs) are pre-notified that an SKAO contact opportunity is coming up. These ILOs have been working, engaging with, and motivating industry and building networks of potential suppliers. They provide information to suppliers in their respective country regarding business opportunities with the SKAO. The Observatory then conducts a market survey in the allocated country to gauge interest from industry and solicit interest in pre-qualifying for the invitation to tender stage by registering on the SKAO Procurement Portal.
There are occasions when the SKAO needs to award a contract without going to the market – known as a single-source contract. This happens where extremely specialised skills are needed – like in software – or where a company or partner has been working on very specific aspects of the SKA design over many years and has thus secured unique knowhow. Doing so ensures that the SKAO retains expertise and saves valuable time and money.
After registering interest in an opportunity, all prospective tenderers will be invited to pre-qualify. This is a type of due diligence where the Observatory verifies that, if awarded the contract, a prospective tenderer would be able to successfully carry out the contract work without undue risk. The pre-qualification process is designed to check that prospective tenderers have successfully delivered projects of a similar size and complexity before.
Further information about the SKAO’s procurement process is available here.
This page is updated on a bi-weekly basis, following the latest Tender Subcommittee (TS) meeting that endorses the award of all significant SKAO contracts.
Latest update: December 2021 (TS-05)
|Software Development||Astron – Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy||Netherlands||06-Jul-21|
|Software Development||CGI Netherlands||Netherlands||06-Jul-21|
|Software Development||TriOpSys b.v.||Netherlands||06-Jul-21|
|Software Development||S[&]T – Science and Technology Corporation||Netherlands||06-Jul-21|
|Software Development||Vivo Technical||South Africa||06-Jul-21|
|Software Development||Interaction Design Solutions Srl||Italy||06-Jul-21|
|Software Development||International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)||Australia||17-Aug-21|
|Software Development||Guangzhou University||China||17-Aug-21|
|Software Development||Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)||Australia||07-Sep-21|
|MID Infra Professional Services||Zutari||South Africa||07-Sep-21|
|Professional services||SARAO||South Africa||19-Oct-21|
|Software Development||Fourier Space Pty Ltd||Australia||19-Oct-21|
|Software Development||Observatory Sciences Ltd||United Kingdom||19-Oct-21|
|Software Development||CGI IT UK Ltd||United Kingdom||19-Oct-21|
|Software Development||The Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd||United Kingdom||19-Oct-21|
|Software Development||Persistent Systems Limited||United Kingdom||19-Oct-21|
|Software Development||Covnetics Limited||United Kingdom||19-Oct-21|
|Software Development||The National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF)||Italy||07-Dec-21|
|Software Development||ALTAR Innovation||Portugal||07-Dec-21|
|Software Development||Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto||Portugal||07-Dec-21|
|Software Development||Critical Software S.A||Portugal||07-Dec-21|
|SPS FPGAs||AVNET Silica (AVNET EMG Ltd)||United Kingdom||07-Dec-21|
|SPS iTPM & Subracks||Sanitas EG||Italy||07-Dec-21|
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