NEC 4 Opt A, scenario:
The PM has issued a Compensation Event via CEMAR. Usually this is accompanied by two PMI’s; one to provide a quote/cost for the works and second one for carrying out the actual works. In this case, only one PMI has been included with the CE and the PMI wording states that the Contractor is to provide a quote. However, the wording of the CE could be taken as an instruction to carry out the works. It is worded in a way that lends itself to be interpreted as such. In addition, the PM has confirmed verbally that the works must be carried out however, for the avoidance of doubt a further PMI has been requested by the Contractor to make this clear.
My question is, can a CE always be accepted in isolation as an instruction to carry out additional works, or, does it depend on the wording within? Must a CE always be accompanied by a PMI which makes clear that the works being quoted by the Contractor must also be carried out by the Contractor (i.e. it is not a proposed change which would usually deal with a scenario of a possible CE pending confirmation of cost and time impact). Thanks.