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Hello Peter Elliott,

We are the Project Managers on a project in Dubai & we are facing a peculiar situation, where the Cost Consultant is effecting advance payment recovery on the material-on-site whereas the advance payment was made only on the effective contract amount.

My advise to the team was to effect the advance payment recovery only on the gross amount of work done & not include the material-on-site. However, the employer's representative disagrees & is more than happy to recover the advance payment as early as possible. My contention is that the advance amount was made only on the effective contract amount, and, as such the recovery should be only on the gross value of work done. And, argument ER continues.....

Appreciate your advise.

Thanks & regards,


Dear Vishwas,

You do not mention the form of contract nor the applicable law so the following comments are generic in nature.  

If you look at clause 14.3 of FIDIC 99, it is quite clear that repayments are calculated based on the work done in a month before the value of any materials on site is added to the IPC.  There are similar clauses in other contracts.  

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First response to queries regarding extensions of time, variations orders, site instructions and payment using FIDIC and other forms of Conditions of Contract, based on English Law, and derivatives only. Anyone who needs advice about EoT should download and study the SCL Delay & Disruption Protocol before submitting a question.


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