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Hi,we are under the FIDIC Contract 1999
and we wonder whether we can trade-off employer's debt of interim payment with the balance of advance payment repayment payable without being demanded the guarantee amount under advance payment bond.

The Employer's debt of interim payments has been certified by the Engineer, so we believe there is any disputes(such as the Employer's denial to admit their debt) over the amount of
unpaid interim payments

We have submitted advance payment bond in the form similar
to the FIDIC 99 sample form.

Thank you.

Dear Ro,

If both parties agree, anything is possible, provided that it does not conflict with the applicable law, the regulations of both parties, and, possibly, the rules of the funder.  

In this instance, I see little advantage to the Contractor.  He will get his advance payment bond returned which will improve his credit facilities, and possibly a small payment for the reduction in the cost of the bond.  However, what he needs at this time is cash to pay his suppliers and employees.  The Contractor could use the provisions of clause 16.1 to slow down or suspend activities, or even terminate the Contract.  

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