IChemE Forms of Contract for process plants

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Training in the IChemE forms of contract

The Overview

This two-day course introduces delegates to the IChemE Forms of Contract, both those for use in the UK and those for International contracts, covering the Red Book (lump sum), Green Book (cost reimbursable), Burgundy Book (target cost), Yellow Book (subcontract) and Brown Book (civil engineering subcontract).  The Orange Book (Minor Works) and International suite will also be introduced.


By the end of the course delegates should:

  • Understand the overall nature of process plant contracts
  • Understand the detailed structure of the Forms of Contract and how to compile a contract based on the Forms – both main contracts and subcontracts
  • Understand the different payment provisions and associated risk of the three main contract forms
  • Be able to draft the Schedules associated with the Forms of Contract
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the parties and of the Project Manager
  • Understand the various liability and limitation of liability provisions and the reasons for them
  • Have a good understanding of the various provisions by which time, cost and quality matters are managed.

Delegates will each receive a personal copy of the IChemE Red Book (5th Ed, 2013).

Intended for

This course is intended for everyone working with the IChemE Forms including project managers, contract managers, designers, quantity surveyors, planners, clients, consultants, contractors and subcontractors.

Outline programme

  • The particular needs of process and output-based contracts
  • The IChemE forms: the Agreement and Conditions of Contract
  • The Schedules
  • The IChemE Subcontracts (Yellow and Brown Books) and the Minor Works Contract (Orange Book)
  • The IChemE International Forms
  • Risk and payment: Red, Green and Burgundy Books
  • Further matters (time, cost, quality, subcontracting. variations, liabilities, limitations of liabilities)
  • When to use the different forms
  • Disputes: their avoidance and resolution
  • Open forum.

Course Presenter

Gordon H Bateman, CEng, FICE, FCIArb, AMIChemE, is a lecturer, consultant and adjudicator in private practice working in the UK and overseas.  Until 2007 he was with Thames Water as the Engineering Division’s in-house specialist on contract law and engineering contracts.  He chairs the IChemE Contracts Committee, is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Law and Contract Management Examination Committee, and is listed as an adjudicator by both institutions.

Course duration: 2 days

Cost: £575 + VAT

Training in the IChemE forms of contract Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

Training in the IChemE forms of contract Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, India, Ghana and Nigeria is also available.

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