When should Option X18 be used?
When the ECC is used in the process plant sector and design and build contracts; where contractors are unsure of their liabilities and position in international contracts; and in projects where the Contractor is required to work within or next to an existing facility of the Employer, Option X18 should be included. In this last scenario, the Contractor is exposed to risks arising from damage he may cause to such a facility. The costs arising from such an incident could be many times greater than the value of the contract or the insurance. Including Option X18, therefore, would limit the claim the Employer may make against the Contractor were this to occur.