Construction Law/Force Majeure


QUESTION: We are using FIDIC Yellow Book. We got a tornado recently. It damaged many of our equipment and our works. What should we do? Can we claim damages from our insurance company? What rights do we have under the contract? Can we claim for delay and expenses under the contract? Please advise.

ANSWER: Dear Wong,

Thank you for your question.

Suggest you notify a claim as per Sub-Clause 20.1, based on Sub-Clause 8.4 (c)   exceptionally adverse climatic conditions for time, Cost, but no profit.

As for your insurance company, depends on what kind of insurance you have, but normally yes, you should be able to claim at least a part from them.

Hope that helps.

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QUESTION: What about sub-clause 19.2. Do we have to give notice. How do we deal we sub-clause 19.3 and 19.4?

Dear Wong,

Thank you for coming back.

Sub-Clause 19.1 may apply indeed, depending on magnitude of consequences of the tornado. Was it a "hurricane"?

If yes, simply proceed as indicated in Sub-Clauses 19.2 - 19.4, including issuing the notice of Force Majeure and the notice of claim under Sub-Clause 20.1 - I do not understand what is not clear.

You will ask for time and cost, but no profit.

Trust that answer your question.

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