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I have an ongoing construction contract. The contractor refuses to do additional items within the site unless he is given the very high price he is asking for the additional item. What will be the possibilities if he insists to refuse the fair price for the additional items and did insist on not doing them

ANSWER: Dear Abdelhakeem,

You do not mention the form of contract, so the follow comments are general in nature.

Define very high price.  One person's high price is another person's reasonable price.  In any case the rates for new items must be based on similar existing items if possible.  If instructed, the Contractor cannot refuse to do the work.  If he does not like the price fixed by the Engineer, then he must submit a claim and justify why he thinks the price should be higher.  You could ask him for a price breakdown of his rates for the new work based on the rates for labour plant and materials which were used in his offer.  

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QUESTION: The answer is not clear and all what you mentioned was done and still contractor refuses to do the work unless he is given the price he wants.
The contract adopted FIDIC conditions

Dear Abdelhakeem,

Your ultimate solution is to terminate the Contract, due to the Contractor's refusal to comply with an instruction, clause 15.2 a, but you could have difficulties with the Employer.  Ask him what he wants to do.  Alternatively wait for this Contractor to finish and bring in a small contractor to do the work.  It will probably be cheaper.

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