Natural Gas for Schools

The Office of Government Procurement (OGP), following consultations with the Department of Education and Skills and the School Procurement Unit (SPU), held a mini-competition to supply natural gas to schools for a three year period commencing, 1 April 2018 until 31st March 2021. Following a successful tendering process the OGP awarded the new contract to Bord Gáis.

It is important to be aware that if your school is outside of the OGP bundle, or is not already covered under a formal fixed-term contract with one of the Natural Gas Supply companies, then it is probable that your school is being charged at a ‘default’ rate, which will be higher than the rate you could be achieving within the OGP bundle.  If you wish to add your school to the OGP bundle for natural gas, please see below.

1. If you are not tied to a contract and free to leave that company without incurring an early exit fee you are invited to complete the Office of Government Procurement registration form. Soft copies of this registration form entitled Natural Gas Data Collection are available to download here /íoslódáil anseo. Details of where and who to forward the information to is contained in the registration document itself. The OGP will then shortly send you an offer of a contract detailing the tariff rates on offer to you. If you accept the offer of this new contract, please complete the accompanying paperwork with the contract offer and return it to the e mail address supplied in the contract documentation.

2. If you are currently in a contract with another natural gas  provider, including SSE Airtricity themselves under your own previous arrangement, you are entitled to find out from your provider for how long you are tied to that arrangement and what, if any, of any early exit charge. To determine what the rates are for your school as part of the OGP schools contract and to enable you complete a comparison exercise, please complete the registration form entitled Natural Gas Data Collection available to download here/íoslódáil anseo. Details of where and who to forward the information to is contained in the registration document itself. The OGP will then shortly send you an offer of a contract detailing the tariff rates on offer to you. If you accept the offer of this new contract, please complete the accompanying paperwork with the contract offer and return it to the e mail address supplied in the contract documentation.

If  you do not wish to take up this contract offer for the school sector at this time, please inform the SPU at procurementsupport@spu.ie, stating your reasons why. This will enable us to maintain an accurate log of what schools are in contract elsewhere and avoid having to communicate repeat reminders. If you currently are in contract and wish to move to the OGP bundle at a later stage, please inform the SPU of the contract expiry date and the SPU will make contact again nearer the time.

 For any questions or points of clarification on the above process I would encourage you to contact the SPU team at procurementsupport@spu.ie