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NEC3 ECC: Option C - no X1 but CE's Extend Programme over Financial Year

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My first post. I am having a disagreement with a Contractor regards price adjustment for inflation. The contract does not use X1 and this was removed at tender so the Contractor is fully aware of this. However, their argument is that the works have changed and CE's have pushed the works over a FY and they couldn't anticipate this at the time of tender so believe they should be able to apply X1.

Whilst I do see their argument (if a project was only 1 year but grew into 3 not really fair) but I believe that there is no ground for price adjustment for inflation given option X1 is not used and the delay is from Feb to June (4 months) but wanted to be sure. Comments and thoughts welcome.

asked Feb 7, 2017 in Secondary X, W and Y options by BPMC (410 points)  

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Not really sure what the problem is here. The Contractor put forward their target price without X1 so they have taken the risk in inflation - but under option C even this is a shared risk as they will be paid "actual cost" which would include any inflation figures. However this would eat into any "gain share" entitlement at the end.

If there is a compensation event - this would be assessed at forecast Defined Cost - which would naturally allow the Contractor to assess any cost which would include any increases due to inflation. The original contract works they can not claim an increase for, but any compensation events that would come out within the assessment.
answered Feb 7, 2017 by Glenn Hide Panel Members (74,820 points)  
Hello Thanks and I agree. This was my point to the site agent who did not agree but has since been corrected by his PM.

The Contractor is in agreement.