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Dear Mr Peter,
we are the main contractor for a Contract  which refers FIDIC MDB harmonized edition may 2005.
If the Engineer did not certified our entitled payment after TOC is issued,what are the actions we can take as a contractor.since there is no physical works at site to suspend or reduce rate of progress Sub Clause 16.1 is not much helpful.
Please guide under which clauses we can use to handle the matter.
Thank you in advance for your kind response.

Dear Rohana,

You are in a difficult position.  I think that your only hope is to start legal proceedings.  Once, I had the experience of a contractor issuing a notice under clause 16.1 after the ToC had been issued, but it did not solve the problem.  If there is a DAB in place, you might raise the problem with them.  Incidentally, have you asked the Engineer why he is delaying certification?

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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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