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Dear Peter M Eliot
With best regards
I always needed your valuable comments.
The matter is needed to clarify that;

1. we have submitted a BID for consutancy services with proposed team of technical persons for Technical proposal and rate the same in Financial proposal.The BID was awarded to our consultancy firm.

2. The validity period of BID was 180 days; which has been expired.

3. The contract negotiation can be completed within the period of validity period of BID. As per provisions of RFP of BID document during negotiation proposed team composition replace by more than two persons then Bid will become non responsive.

4. The BID validity period has already expired and same was not proposed to extend by the Employer.

5. We wants to continue with this situation to perform the negotiation on the basis of BID validity period has expired and Employer fails to extend the same within the time period.

Please advise on the situation;
a. Can we ask to the Employer relexation on replacement limit in composition of Team as the person were proposed originally has engagged themselves for other assignment after expiry of BID validity period?

b. Employer can consider the BID NULL and VOID after expiring of BID validity period or it shows malafied intention of Employer and open the chance to turn under conflict of interest?

c. In this situation Consultant can propose himself under the BID with new composition of Team for contract negotiation out of the condition of RPF.

Thanks in advance for valuable advise.


Dear Sanjay,

This is not a question about FIDIC conditions of contract so it is difficult to give you a definitive answer, but here goes.

a. Yes.

b. The Employer can cancel the process and the bidders can refuse to extend their bid bonds or refuse to negotiate, once the tender validity period has expired.  No conflict of interest nor mala fide if no tender is accepted before the validity expires.  

c. Yes.  

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