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Dear Mr. Elliot
In a case where the Employer intends to employ FIDIC Red Book 1999 Sub Clause 11.4 (a) to have a work carried out by others because the Contractor rejects to do, is it possible to peform this through a nominated subcontractor under Sub Clause 5.1? At this case the Contractor will probably object to nomination but can the Engineer make a Determination to employ the nominated subcontractor? Can a nominated subcontractor be employed against the will of the Contractor? Please kindly provide your comments.
Best regards

Dear Gokhan,

You do not say why you wish to refuse to do the work.  Under FIDIC 99, you have very few reasons for rejecting an instruction.  If the Employer instructs to use a nominated sub-contractor, then clause 5.2 is relevant. It is not so much that a nominated subcontractor can be employed against the will of the Contractor, but rather that the Contractor cannot refuse to do the work, with or without a subcontractor, provided that it is within the original scope of the works.  

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Peter M. Elliott


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