FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Silver Book 1999
Produced in partnership with Victoria Tyson of Corbett & Co
FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Silver Book 1999

The following Construction practice note produced in partnership with Victoria Tyson of Corbett & Co provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Silver Book 1999
  • What type of project is the contract suitable for?
  • The structure of the contract
  • Key features of the general conditions
  • Commencement
  • Confidentiality
  • The Employer’s Representative
  • Unforeseen difficulties
  • Design
  • Extension of time
  • More...

FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Silver Book 1999

This Practice Note looks at the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects 1999, commonly known as the Silver Book 1999.

FIDIC published a new edition of the Silver Book in December 2017—see Practice Note: FIDIC contracts—introduction to the FIDIC Silver Book 2017 for guidance on the 2017 edition.

In relation to the 1999 suite, see also Practice Notes: FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Red Book 1999, FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Yellow Book 1999 and FIDIC contracts (pre-2017 editions)—Yellow and Silver Books compared.

What type of project is the contract suitable for?

The FIDIC Silver Book is recommended for the provision of a process or power plant on a turnkey basis, and may also be used where 'one entity takes total responsibility for the design and execution of a privately financed infrastructure project' which involves little or no work underground. Under the usual arrangements for this type of contract, the Contractor carries out all the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), providing a fully-equipped facility, ready for operation (at the 'turn of the key').

The FIDIC Contracts (1999 Editions) Guide (1st edition, 2000—published by FIDIC) states: 'It is suitable for a process or power plant, a factory or similar facility, or an infrastructure project or other type of development, if (i) a higher degree of certainty of final price and time is required, and (ii)

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