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Awarding procedure TenneT Netherlands

When purchasing products and services, we apply (tendering) procedures as laid down in European legislation and regulations and in line with our procurement policy. TenneT announces which procedure is being followed for each procurement.

Europese aanbestedingsprocedure

The procurement policy rests on three pillars: European laws and regulations, our corporate policy and best practices of professional procurement management. Important principles in procurement policy and procedures are transparency and non-discrimination. 

EU regulations and 2012 Procurement Act

TenneT adheres to (European) tendering procedures if the costs of a supply, service or work exceed a certain threshold amount. This is the amount that TenneT spends on a product (group) or product-market combination described by the EU, viewed over several years. 

For contracts above a threshold amount, TenneT complies with the Procurement Act 2012. A call for competition that may lead to a contract is published by TenneT in an advertisement on the official EU procurement website. The advertisement describes the tendering procedure to be followed. 

Private tendering

For procurements below the threshold amount, TenneT uses the private procurement procedure. TenneT then follows its own procurement policy. 

The procedure for a private tender (below the threshold amount), of reasonable size is as follows:

  • TenneT issues a call for qualification and consults its vendor base.
  • Supplier sends TenneT data to qualify as a TenneT supplier.
  • TenneT sends selected suppliers and suppliers from vendor base an invitation to bid.
  • Selection and evaluation of bids.

There are also conceivable situations where TenneT directly invites a supplier to bid.