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THE APPLICABILITY OF FIDIC CONTRACTS IN OFFSHORE WIND PROJECTS

International Construction Law Review

THE APPLICABILITY OF FIDIC CONTRACTS IN OFFSHORE WIND PROJECTS1

CRISTIAN RUBANOVICI*

Legal Consultant, Accura Law Firm

ABSTRACT

Offshore wind has developed fast during the last decade and the parties involved in such projects must learn quickly and adapt to the innovations that occur within the industry. From a contractual point of view, one of the challenges they face relates to the lack of an internationally recognised standard by the industry that could be used for building offshore wind projects. This article provides an overview and analysis of the current contractual challenges related to the industry and the main ways of navigating through offshore wind construction contracts.

1. INTRODUCTION

Over the course of 20 years, the offshore wind market has developed a set of bespoke contracts that have their base in international construction standard contracts such as FIDIC,2 LOGIC,3 BIMCO4 or the NOSC5 in addition to other related standard forms.
However, even though there are already some industry standards developed, it is difficult to apply an international contractual standard “as is” to an offshore wind project. Contractual aspects of offshore wind projects
Pt 2] The Applicability of FIDIC Contracts in Offshore Wind Projects

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