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Revised June 2013
For Goods and Services in the United Kingdom (not Teesside)
1.1 “Affiliate” means in relation to a Party:
(i) if the Party is a subsidiary of another company the Party’s ultimate holding company and any direct or indirect subsidiary (other than the Party itself) of the Party’s ultimate holding company; or
(ii) if the Party is not a subsidiary of another company any direct or indirect subsidiary of the Party. For the purpose of this definition the expression “holding company” and “subsidiary” shall have the meanings given to those expressions in section 1159 Companies Act 2006 but in addition as if that section provided that a company’s members are deemed to include any another body corporate whose rights in relation to it are
(a) held on behalf of that body corporate by another person or
(b) held by another person by way of security but would otherwise be held by that other body corporate.
1.2 “Claim” means any claim, demand, cause of action, proceeding, judgment, loss, cost, expense, penalty, fine, award of damage or liability of any kind or nature, court costs and legal fees (including reasonable legal costs, fees and expenses and sums paid by way of settlement and compromise where such settlement or compromise was reasonable).
1.3 “Company” means ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited or as otherwise identified in the Purchase Order and Company’s successors and assigns.
1.4 “Company Group” means
(i) Company and its Affiliates receiving any Goods and/or Services pursuant to the Purchase Order,
(ii) Company’s Coventurers,
(iii) Company’s contractors (other than Contractor) and their subcontractors of any tier, who are engaged to provide Goods and/or Services to Company in the project or operation for which the Goods and/or Services are being provided, or who are performing unrelated work at or on Company Group’s property where Goods and/or Services are being provided, and
(iv) the respective employees, officers, directors and agents of all of the foregoing.
1.5 “Consequential Loss” means any of the following, howsoever caused or arising whether under contract, by virtue of any fiduciary duty, in tort or delict (including negligence), as a consequence of breach of any duty (statutory or otherwise) or under any other legal doctrine or principle whatsoever whether or not recoverable at common law or in equity:
(a) loss or deferment of revenue or profit; loss of or anticipated loss of or failure to obtain any contract,
(b) loss of production, failure or inability to produce, process, use, take delivery of, transport or deliver or delay or interruption in producing, processing, using, taking delivery of, transporting or delivering hydrocarbons, and
(c) any Claim resulting from or arising out of any of the foregoing.
1.6 “Contractor” means the party so described in the Purchase Order.
1.7 “Contractor Group” means
(i) Contractor and its Affiliates providing any Goods and/or Services pursuant to the Purchase Order,
(ii) the participating companies in any joint venture with Contractor for providing part or all of the Goods and/or Services,
(iii) Contractor’s contractors, and their subcontractors of any tier,
(iv) Affiliates of the entities defined in (iii) above involved in providing all or part of the Goods and/or Services, and
(v) the employees, officers, directors and agents of all of the foregoing.
1.8 “Coventurers” means any entity from time to time which has an interest in the joint venture’s operations and is a party to an agreement governing the joint venture's operations for which, either in part or in whole, the Goods and/or Services are being acquired.
1.9 “Day(s)” means a consecutive calendar day.
1.10 “Force Majeure” means an event or occurrence which, the continuation of or the consequences of which is beyond the control of the party affected and which such party could not reasonably have prevented, anticipated or provided against provided that only such occurrences falling into one of the following categories shall be Force Majeure:
(i) Acts of God,
(ii) compliance with any oral or written order, directive or decree of any government,
(iii) act or inaction on the part of any government,
(iv) explosion, earthquake, fire, flood or other natural physical disaster,
(v) act of war or a public enemy (whether war be declared or not),
(vi) riot, insurrection, rebellion, sabotage or act of terrorists, and
(vii) official strikes at a national level.
1.11 “Goods” means the goods as described in the Purchase Order and shall include any materials, components, data, drawings, and documentation as required by Company.
1.12 “Party” or “Parties” means Company and Contractor or either of them;
1.13 “Price” means the price of the Goods and/or Services set out in the Purchase Order.
1.14 “Purchase Order” means the contract between the parties for the supply of Goods and/or Services, which incorporates these general terms and conditions, any additional terms and conditions in accordance with Clause 21.6 hereof and any amendments pursuant to Clause 21.5.
1.15 “Regulation(s)” means all laws, rules, regulations, statutes, orders, decrees and by-laws, codes of practice as may be applicable to the Goods and/or Services as from time to time amended, modified or re-enacted and shall include all rules, licences, consents and decisions, instruments, orders, regulations, permissions and directions for the time being made, given or issued thereunder or deriving validity therefrom.
1.16 “Services” means the services, operations to be performed and the equipment (which may be by way of rental by Company from Contractor) and personnel to be provided by Contractor, as described in the Purchase Order.
1.17 “Specifications” means any plans, drawings, documents, specifications, data, industry standards or other information relating to the Goods and/or Services attached to and/or referred to in the Purchase Order.
1.18 “Taxes” means all taxes, governmental and municipal levies of every kind, in any jurisdiction, to which Contractor Group is subject, including but not limited to state profit share, royalty, corporate income tax, employers contribution, hydrocarbon tax, value added tax, property tax, import and excise duties, European Union charges, wage and personal income taxes, capital tax and customs duties, retributions, social security premiums and any interest or penalties thereon.
2. BASIS OF THE PURCHASE
2.1 Company shall acquire and Contractor shall provide the Goods and/or Services in accordance with the Purchase Order. The Purchase Order is not an exclusive contract with Contractor for performance of the kind of goods and/or services referred to in the Purchase Order.
2.2 Contractor and Company agrees and accepts that
i) Company enters into the Purchase order for and on behalf of itself and its Coventurers;
ii) Contractor may not look to any entity other than Company for the due performance of the Purchase Order;
iii) Contractor may not commence any proceedings against any Coventurer other than Company; and
iv) Company may enforce the Purchase Order against Contractor and Company shall be entitled to recover from Contractor on its own behalf and on the behalf of any Coventurer.
3. GENERAL OBLIGATIONS OF CONTRACTOR
3.1 Contractor shall perform its obligations under the Purchase Order to the highest standards of skill, care, expertise, and knowledge as pertains to first class reputable contractors experienced in the supply of goods and/or services of a similar nature. The quantity, quality and description of the Goods and/or Services shall be as specified in the Purchase Order and/or in the applicable Specifications and to the satisfaction of Company, who may reject any Goods and/or Services which are not in accordance with the Purchase Order and/or the Specifications. Contractor shall immediately take such action as is required to rectify such rejected Goods and/or Services at Contractor’s sole cost and without any adjustment to the Price.
3.2 Contractor shall use sound engineering and technical principles that are generally accepted in the industry.
3.3 Contractor shall provide all necessary materials, equipment, supplies and suitably skilled and experienced personnel at its own cost and expense. Contractor shall be responsible for training and verifying that the personnel of Contractor Group are properly prepared to perform the Services.
3.4 Contractor shall use or furnish materials, equipment and supplies that are fit and new (unless otherwise agreed in writing).
3.5 All Goods and/or Services shall be of satisfactory quality and be fit for their intended purpose.
3.6 Contractor shall deliver the Goods and/or complete the Services within the time specified in the Purchase Order or within a reasonable time if no time is specified. It is an essential condition of the Purchase Order that in performing its obligations Contractor strictly complies with all time requirements set out or referred to in the Purchase Order.
3.7 Contractor shall comply, and will ensure that Contractor Group will comply, with Regulations, policies and guidelines set forth by relevant authorities, and all applicable exhibits, policies and guidelines set forth by Company, as amended from time to time, including, without limitation, those relating to matters of health, safety and the environment, corporate ethics, substance abuse and offshore requirements. Contractor, by its acceptance of the Purchase Order and/or commencement of the provision of the Goods and/or Services, confirms it has been given a copy of or access to Company’s policies and guidelines which are applicable to the performance of the Purchase Order.Company policies and guidelines can be found on www.conocophillips.co.uk/EN/purchase_orders.
3.8 Contractor shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Company Group from and against any and all Claims incurred or paid by Company Group as a result of or in connection with failure by Contractor or any member of Contractor Group to comply with Clause 3.7.
3.9 Contractor shall review the Specifications or data or other information that Company supplies, and be responsible for, as soon as possible, identifying and obtaining clarification of any discrepancies, errors or omissions in the Specifications, data or other information. Contractor shall be liable for any and all costs and expenses arising from its failure to promptly obtain such clarification.
3.10 Contractor shall supply the Goods and/or complete the Services under this Purchase Order as an independent contractor. Neither Contractor nor its personnel shall be the agents, employees or personnel of Company. Contractor shall not execute contracts on behalf of Company nor shall Contractor or any of its personnel act as Company's agent or employee.
4. INSPECTION AND TESTING OF GOODS AND/OR SERVICES
4.1 Company may inspect and/or test the Goods and/or Services at all reasonable times during manufacture, processing, storage or otherwise and Contractor shall provide Company with all facilities and assistance reasonably required for such inspection and testing. Notwithstanding any such inspection and testing, Contractor shall remain fully responsible for the Goods and/or Services and such inspection or testing shall not diminish or affect Company’s rights pursuant to the Purchase Order. Company shall inform Contractor if Company determines that the Goods and/or Services do not comply with the Purchase Order.
4.2 If Company is not satisfied that the Goods and/or Services will comply in all respects with the Purchase Order, Contractor shall forthwith take all steps as are necessary as directed by Company to ensure compliance, without prejudice to any other rights of Company.
4.3 Failure of Company to inspect, test or bring to the attention of Contractor any defect or non-conformance of the Goods and/or Services shall in no way relieve Contractor of its obligations under the Purchase Order.
5. DELIVERY OF GOODS, PASSING OF RISK AND TITLE
5.1 Contractor shall deliver the Goods to the address shown in the Purchase Order on the date or within the period stated in the Purchase Order, during the usual business hours of Company. A packing note quoting the number of the Purchase Order, and a description of the items included, must accompany each delivery.
5.2 Delivery shall be in accordance with the instructions of Company. Contractor shall be responsible for providing suitable protection and packing for Goods to ensure their safe arrival at the delivery address in an undamaged condition. Company shall not be obliged to return to Contractor any packaging or packing materials.
5.3 To the extent that any Goods contain toxic, corrosive or other materials hazardous to health or property, a prominently displayed notice to that effect, and a material safety data sheet, must accompany each delivery of the Goods.
5.4 Title and interest in the Goods, and materials and equipment intended for incorporation into the Goods, shall pass from Contractor to Company upon the earlier of
(i) their proper delivery to Company or
(ii) as they are paid for by Company or
(iii) start of their manufacture or preparation or
(iv) their receipt by Contractor. Contractor shall as soon as possible clearly mark the Goods, and materials and equipment intended for incorporation into the Goods, as the property of Company with Company’s name and address, and separate same from Contractor’s other stock. If Company rejects the Goods pursuant to Clause 3.1 hereof, Contractor shall reimburse Company for any and all amounts that Company may have paid for such rejected Goods and title in the rejected Goods shall revert to Contractor.
5.5 Unless the parties specifically agree otherwise in writing, risk of loss or damage to the Goods shall pass from Contractor to Company upon acceptance of the Goods by Company at the agreed delivery address. In no event shall Company be deemed to have accepted any Goods until Company has had a reasonable time to inspect them following delivery or until after any latent defect in the Goods has become apparent to Company.
6.1 The Price shall be as stated in the Purchase Order and, unless otherwise so stated, shall be exclusive of any applicable Value Added Tax. Unless the parties specifically agree otherwise in writing, the Price shall be inclusive of any charges for packaging, packing, shipping, carriage, insurance and delivery to the delivery address of Company stated in the Purchase Order and any taxes, duties, imposts or levies other than Value Added Tax and shall constitute full and final compensation to Contractor for all Contractor’s costs, expenses, overheads and profits related to supply of the Goods, performance of the Services and compliance with the Purchase Order.
6.2 Subject to Clauses 16 and 21.5, the Price shall be fixed and firm throughout the term of the Purchase Order, and no increase in the Price (whether on account of increased material, labour or transport costs, fluctuation in rates of exchange or otherwise) or other variation may be made to the Purchase Order.
7.1 Any and all Taxes of Contractor Group are the sole responsibility of Contractor Group and Company Group shall not be liable for or be required in any fashion to reimburse Contractor for any such taxes. Contractor shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Company Group from and against any and all Claims for Taxes assessed or levied by any taxing authority of any country against Contractor Group or against Company Group for or on account of any payment made to or earned by Contractor Group in respect of any Goods and/or Services. If any member of Company Group pays any such taxes, Contractor shall reimburse and indemnify each member of Company Group for all such taxes so paid.
7.2 Subject to Clause 6.1, sums payable by Company to Contractor for any Goods and/or Services shall be exclusive of any Value Added Tax (“VAT”). To the extent that the Purchase Order states otherwise, Company shall only make payments to Contractor in respect of VAT following the presentation of a valid tax invoice by Contractor to Company.
7.3 Contractor shall
7.3.1 take all reasonable steps to ensure that all members of Contractor Group adhere at all times to the rules and regulations governing VAT practices hereunder;
7.3.2 evaluate to what extent such regulations apply to all or any part of the Goods and/or Services; and
7.3.3 use all reasonable endeavours to minimise the imposition of VAT on all or any part of the Goods and/or Services.
7.4 Contractor shall not charge or impose on Company VAT in respect of all or any part of the Goods and/or Services unless VAT is payable by Contractor Group. Furthermore Contractor shall only be permitted to levy VAT as an additional charge or impose an additional cost on Company to the extent that Contractor has:
7.4.1 fully satisfied Contractor’s obligations under Clause 7.3; and
7.4.2 suffered a financial loss as a result of VAT payable by Contractor for goods and services acquired or rendered wholly for the purpose of satisfying this Purchase Order, not being recoverable by Contractor from HM Revenue & Customs or other competent authority, including, for the avoidance of doubt, any non UK taxing authority.
7.5 Contractor represents and warrants to Company that it is resident in the United Kingdom ("UK") for UK tax purposes and will remain so throughout the duration of the contract.
8. TERMS OF PAYMENT
8.1 Unless the Parties specifically agree otherwise in writing, Contractor may invoice Company for the Price on or at any time after the delivery and acceptance by Company of the Goods or satisfactory completion and acceptance by Company of the Services, as the case may be. Each such invoice shall be submitted to the address specified for such purpose in the Purchase Order and shall quote the number of the Purchase Order and include supporting back up documentation. Contractor shall show cash discount terms on all invoices. Terms of payment and discount will be computed from the date when the invoice is received in Company’s office.
8.2 Payment of such sums as are properly invoiced in accordance with this Clause 8 shall be made in full thirty (30) Days after receipt by Company of a correct invoice and shall constitute full and final compensation to Contractor and shall be Contractor’s sole basis for remuneration for performance of the Services and/or supply of the Goods. Payment shall be in the currency identified in the Purchase Order. No invoice received by Company more than ninety (90) Days, or any longer period where mandatory Regulations so require, after completion of the delivery of the relevant Goods and/or completion of the relevant Services shall be eligible for payment unless Company at its sole discretion decides otherwise.
8.3 If Company disputes any invoice in whole or in part, Company shall promptly notify Contractor of the dispute and request a credit note to allow payment of the undisputed portion. Company and Contractor shall endeavour to settle and adjust any disputed amount forthwith. Company may also set-off against the Price any sums owed to Company by Contractor whether under the Purchase Order or otherwise.
8.4 No payment made by Company shall constitute a waiver by Company of any breach by Contractor of any of its obligations to Company under the Purchase Order or prejudice the rights of Company to question or dispute any portion of any invoice, and any payment withheld by Company shall be without prejudice to any other rights or remedies of Company under contract, at law, pursuant to Regulation or otherwise.
9.1 Contractor undertakes and warrants and guarantees to Company that:
9.1.1 it shall perform its obligations under the Purchase Order to the highest standards of skill, care, expertise, and knowledge as pertains to first class reputable contractors experienced in performance of work of a similar nature;
9.1.2 it shall use sound engineering and technical principles that are generally accepted in the industry;
9.1.3 all Goods and/or Services will comply in all respects with the Purchase Order, the Specifications and Regulations;
9.1.4 it shall use or furnish materials, equipment and supplies that are fit for purpose and new (unless otherwise agreed in writing); and
9.1.5 all Goods and/or Services shall be of satisfactory quality and be fit for their intended purpose and free from defect, discrepancy, deficiency, error or omission in engineering, design, material, equipment, materials, construction and workmanship whether or not caused by negligence of Contractor regardless of whether the Goods and/or Services or any part thereof were furnished or performed by the Contractor or any of its subcontractors.
9.2 Without prejudice to any other remedy of Company under contract or pursuant to Regulation, if after delivery and acceptance by Company of the Goods or satisfactory completion and acceptance by Company of the Services it is discovered that any Goods and/or Services, in whole or in part, are defective or otherwise not supplied in accordance with the Purchase Order, including without limitation the undertakings, warranties and guarantees set out in Clause 9.1, Company shall have the right, at its option, to require Contractor to replace and/or repair the Goods and/or re-perform the Services forthwith at no cost to Company or to reduce the Price accordingly or to treat the Purchase Order as discharged by the breach of Contractor and require the repayment of any part of the Price which has been paid or, at Contractor’s sole cost and risk, either itself undertake or engage a third party to replace and/or repair the Goods and/or re-perform the Services. Company shall be obliged to notify Contractor of any defect or non-compliance with the Purchase Order in respect of the Goods and/or Services within thirty six (36) months of the date of delivery and acceptance by Company of the Goods or satisfactory completion and acceptance by Company of the Services, whichever is applicable. The same time limit shall apply in respect of any replacement, repair or re-performance, calculated from the date of delivery and acceptance by Company of the Goods or satisfactory completion and acceptance by Company of the Services.
9.3 Contractor shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Company Group from and against any and all Claims incurred or paid by Company Group as a result of or in connection with breach of any warranty given by Contractor under this Clause 9.
10. RISK STRUCTURE
10.1 Contractor shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Company Group from and against any and all Claims with respect to
(i) the death, illness, disease, mental anguish, or injury to any of the personnel of Contractor Group;
(ii) the loss or destruction of or damage to any property of Contractor Group; and
(iii) the loss or destruction of or damage to any property of Company, its Coventurers and Affiliates whilst the same is in the care, custody or control of Contractor Group, and in respect of Goods until risk has passed to Company in accordance with Clause 5.5.
10.2 Company shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Contractor Group from and against any and all Claims with respect to
(i) the death, illness, disease, mental anguish or injury to any of the personnel of Company Group and
(ii) the loss or destruction of or damage to any property of Company Group, other than as provided in Clause 10.1(iii).
10.3 Clauses 10.1 and 10.2 apply to any death, illness, disease, mental anguish, injury, loss, destruction or damage which arises out of or in connection with the performance or non-performance of the Purchase Order, without regard to the cause thereof, and irrespective of whether caused by,
(i) breach of duty (statutory or otherwise), or the negligence of the indemnified party or any of the members of its group, whether Contractor Group or Company Group, and whether such negligence be sole, joint or concurrent, active or passive, and
(ii) whether the basis for any Claim is in tort, under contract, or otherwise pursuant to any Regulation.
10.4 Under no circumstances whatsoever whether by reason of any negligence, breach of duty (statutory or otherwise) or strict liability and regardless howsoever arising and by whomsoever caused shall Company be liable to Contractor Group for Consequential Loss suffered by any member of Contractor Group resulting from or arising out of or in connection with the Purchase Order. Contractor shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Company Group from any and all Claims resulting from such Consequential Loss.
10.5 Under no circumstances whatsoever whether by reason of any negligence, breach of duty (statutory or otherwise) or strict liability and regardless howsoever arising and by whomsoever caused shall Contractor be liable to Company Group for Consequential Loss suffered by any member of Company Group resulting from or arising out of or in connection with the Purchase Order. Company shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Contractor Group from any and all Claims resulting from such Consequential Loss.
11.1 Contractor shall, at its own cost, effect and maintain during the term of the Purchase Order, all such insurances as may be required by Regulation and general public liability insurance including contractual liability and sudden and accidental pollution coverage. The general public liability insurance shall have a limit of not less than $1,000,000 or the equivalent in local currency) per occurrence. Contractor’s general public liability insurance shall name Company, its Affiliates and Co-ventureres as additional assureds to the extent of the risks and liabilities assumed by Contractor under the Purchase Order. Contractor’s insurance shall be written or endorsed such that the insurers shall have no right of recovery against Company Group to the extent of any indemnities granted by Contractor to Company Group or any members of Company Group under the Purchase Order. Contractor shall provide evidence of such insurance cover when requested by Company. All insurance required above shall be primary to any insurance coverage available to Company, each of its Affiliates and Coventurers. The above-stated minimum requirements are not intended to indicate the amounts or types of insurance that Contractor needs or may ultimately need and shall not alter or affect Contractor’s liability under the Purchase Order.
11.2 Contractor agrees to maintain Employer's Liability Insurance, including coverage for marine operations if applicable, with a limit of U.S. $1,000,000 (or the equivalent in local currency) for any one occurrence or the statutory requirement, whichever is greater.
11.3 Where Contractor or members of Contractor’s Group will be present offshore, Contractor affirms that it is aware of the legal obligations on Company to ensure that Contractor and all members of its Group comply with the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 and regulations made thereunder as applied to UK offshore installations and associated structures (“the relevant legislation”). Contractor shall cooperate fully with Company and shall promptly and readily respond to any reasonable requests made by or on behalf of Company (and to procure similar cooperation and response from all members of its Group) in respect of the verification of Employers’ Liability Insurance carried by Contractor and its Group, the production of the relevant certificates of insurance in respect of such Employers’ Liability Insurance and the availability of the said relevant certificates for production, inspection and display in accordance with the relevant legislation.
In particular (but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) Contractor shall furnish to Company a copy of its current certificate of Employers’ Liability Insurance and those of its Group where Services to be performed offshore. Such certificates shall be furnished prior to commencement of Services offshore.
12. CONFIDENTIALITY AND DEVELOPMENTS
12.1 Contractor undertakes, warrants and guarantees that neither the Goods nor the provision of any Services infringe, nor does the importation, use or resale of any Goods infringe the patent, copyright, design right, trademark or other intellectual property rights of any other person or entity, and Contractor shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Company Group from any intellectual property Claim (except to the extent that the Claim arises from compliance with any written Specifications supplied by Company).
12.2 Copyright, design rights or any other intellectual property rights arising out of, or developed by Contractor in connection with the Goods and/or Service, or related to the Specifications or data or other information that it receives from Company Group shall vest exclusively in Company.
12.3 Contractor will, and will ensure that Contractor Group will, hold in strict confidence and not disclose to any third party any Specifications or data or other information that it receives from Company Group or becomes aware of belonging to Company Group, or relating to the Company Group or the Purchase Order, except to the extent that it is or becomes public knowledge through no fault of Contractor.
12.4 Contractor will not reproduce or use and will ensure that Contractor Group will not reproduce or use the Specifications or data or other information that it receives from Company Group or becomes aware of belonging to Company Group, or relating to the Company Group or the Purchase Order, for any purpose unrelated to the Purchase Order without the express written consent of Company, and will forthwith upon request at any time and without charge deliver to Company any and all such Specifications or data or information then in its possession.
13. OFFSHORE WORK
13.1 When any Goods and/or Services are to be provided offshore Company shall, unless otherwise specifically agreed, provide at its expense transportation for Goods and Contractor Group's equipment, machinery, material, supplies and personnel between Company's designated place of delivery and the offshore place for provision of the Goods and/or Services using Company’s scheduled transport (unscheduled and/or non-routine transport shall be charged to Contractor) and shall furnish necessary accommodations and messing for Contractor's personnel at the offshore place of performance. Contractor shall comply, and shall ensure that Contractor Group comply, with Company's rules which apply offshore including those regarding accommodations and messing.
13.2 Contractor will be responsible for all costs of transportation and meals and lodging before departure from Company's designated place of delivery and after return to Company’s designated place of return. Furthermore, all Goods, equipment, machinery, material and supplies for Goods and/or Services offshore shall be delivered by Contractor to Company’s designated place of delivery at Contractor’s cost in due time, properly packed and marked for transportation.
14.1 Company shall be entitled to cancel the entire Purchase Order, or any part of the Goods and/or Services, by giving written notice to Contractor in which event the sole liability of Company shall be to pay to Contractor the part of the Price for any Goods and/or Services performed in accordance with the Purchase Order and the termination notice, less the net saving of cost to Contractor arising from cancellation.
14.2 Company shall be entitled to terminate the entire Purchase Order, or any part of the Goods and/or Services by giving written notice to Contractor at any time if Contractor:
(i) fails or refuses to supply competent supervision or sufficient, competent and properly skilled personnel or proper materials, or
(ii) does not make proper or timely performance of the Purchase Order, or
(iii) goes into liquidation or receivership, or
(iv) otherwise prejudices or fails to carry out its obligations in accordance with the Purchase Order.
14.3 In case of termination in accordance with Clause 14.2, Company shall not be liable to pay Contractor any further monies in respect of the Purchase Order and Contractor shall repay to Company any part of the Price paid for Goods and/or Services not performed and accepted at the date of termination. Furthermore, Contractor shall be liable for and shall pay Company any costs, expenses or damages incurred by Company as a result of termination including the additional cost of Company providing the Goods and/or Services itself, or having the Goods and/or Services provided by others, if applicable.
15. AUDIT RIGHTS
Company and its authorised representatives may at any time during the term of the Purchase Order and for four (4) years thereafter, on reasonable prior notice, have access to and audit all relevant books and records of Contractor Group for the purpose of confirming compliance by Contractor with the requirements of the Purchase Order.
Company may instruct Contractor to make changes to the Goods and/or Services which may include, without limitation, additions, omissions, substitutions and changes in quantity, quality, form, character, kind, position, dimension, level or line and changes in any method of construction specified by the Company. Contractor shall upon Company’s notice immediately proceed with any instructions. The compensation payable under the Purchase Order shall be adjusted, increased or decreased, accordingly.
17. FORCE MAJEURE
In the event any Party is prevented from performing any of its obligations by Force Majeure, that Party’s obligations shall be suspended during the period of such Force Majeure. Each party shall bear its own costs due to the Force Majeure occurrence and no compensation shall be payable by Company for the period of Force Majeure. The Party prevented from performing by Force Majeure shall notify the other as soon as possible of its inability to meet its obligations, specifying the cause of the Force Majeure and estimated extent to which the event or condition will impact performance, and shall notify the other party when such impact ceases. If the Party claiming Force Majeure fails to give such notice within forty-eight (48) hours of the occurrence of the event or condition, that Party may not claim Force Majeure as a defence under the Purchase Order. The Party claiming a Force Majeure event or condition shall act diligently to remove or remedy such event or condition. When performance of the Purchase Order is halted by reason of Force Majeure, Company may terminate the Purchase Order immediately upon written notice to Contractor and Contractor shall only be entitled to compensation earned to time of notice plus any demobilization fee expressly provided for in the Purchase Order. For the avoidance of doubt, late delivery of services, purchased equipment and/or rental equipment caused by Contractor Group or caused by inefficiency on the part of Contractor Group, shall not constitute an event of Force Majeure.
18. ASSIGNMENT AND SUBCONTRACTING
Contractor shall not assign or purport to assign or transfer to any other person or entity any of its rights or subcontract any of its obligations under the Purchase Order without the prior written consent of Company. Said written consent shall not relieve Contractor from any of its responsibilities or obligations to Company under the Purchase Order. Notwithstanding the foregoing, reasonable utilization by Contractor of hired labour and purchases of minor quantities of materials and components shall not be considered subcontracts that require Company’s consent.
19. EXPORT COMPLIANCE
19.1 Contractor shall comply, and shall ensure that its subcontractors comply, with all applicable laws and regulations relating to export and re-export control. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Clause, neither Party shall be required to meet its obligations under this Purchase order if, in that Party’s reasonable opinion, doing so would result in such Party violating the said laws and / or regulations.
19.2 Contractor is responsible for obtaining any authorisations or licences required under all applicable export control regimes, including, without limitation, licences required for the transfer of any regulated technology to nationals of certain countries.
19.3 Contractor shall promptly identify in writing to Company those items, technology, software or services which form part of the Goods and/or Services for which an export authorisation or licence is required for export and/or re-export and provide in writing to Company: i) the relevant export control classification number and licensing information necessary under any and all relevant jurisdictions, and ii) a copy of any relevant export control licence or authorisation relating to any export, re-export or transfer undertaken as part of the Goods and/or Services.
19.4 Where Contractor is responsible for procurement on behalf of Company, as per the Purchase order, Contractor is responsible for ensuring that any authorisations or licences required under applicable export control regimes, including, without limitation, licences required for the transfer of any regulated technology to nationals of certain countries, are obtained by parties or entities from whom such items are procured.
Contractor shall promptly, regardless of whether procurement is conducted by Contractor on its own behalf or on behalf of Company, identify in writing to Company those items, technology, software or services which form part of the Goods and/or Services for which an export authorisation or licence is required for export and/or re-export and provide in writing to Company: i) the relevant export control classification number and licensing information necessary under any and all relevant jurisdictions and ii) a copy of any relevant export control licence or authorisation relating to any export, re-export or transfer undertaken as part of the Goods and/or Services.
19.5 Contractor agrees to keep records of its export and re-export related activities for a minimum of five years or such period as required by all relevant laws, whichever is the greater, and shall make those records available to Company upon request.
19.6 In connection with the Goods and/or Services, Contractor shall not:
(i) hire, charter, or contract or sub-contract with any person or entity that is listed on any applicable government list, including U.S government lists, of prohibited or denied parties or organised under the laws of, operating under the flag of, performing services in, or resident in any country against which any applicable government, including the United States, has imposed comprehensive economic sanctions; or
(ii) obtain any items, technology, software or services originating from any country against which any applicable government, including the United States, has imposed comprehensive import sanctions or restrictions.
In the event that Contractor acts as the agent of Company in connection with any procurement of goods, technology or services or the management of contractors or suppliers engaged by Company, Contractor shall verify and ensure that the contractors and suppliers managed or contracted for by Contractor do not perform any act prohibited by items (i) and (ii) above in connection with the Goods and/or Services.
19.7 Contractor shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless each member of Company Group from and against any and all Claims with respect to the Contractor’s breach of its obligations under this Clause 19.
19.8 Company confirms that no item, technology, or software which form part of the Goods and/or Services received from Contractor is intended to be shipped, either directly or indirectly, to any country, company or person, or for any end-use, that is prohibited under applicable export control regulations. Company shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless each member of Contractor Group from and against any and all Claims with respect to the Company’s breach of its obligations under this Clause 19.
20. GOVERNING LAW AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Purchase Order and the construction and performance hereof shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and in any dispute (including non-contractual disputes) the Parties hereto irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
21.1 Failure or delay by Company in the exercise of any rights or remedies under the Purchase Order or pursuant to any Regulation shall not release Contractor from any warranties or obligations contained or referred to in the Purchase Order or pursuant to any Regulation. Any waiver by either party of a breach of any requirement of the Purchase Order shall not be considered as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other requirement hereof.
21.2 The Purchase Order constitutes the entire agreement between Company and Contractor with regard to the Goods and/or Services, and (save as provided in Clause 21.6 below) supersedes all prior negotiations, representations or agreements relating to the Purchase Order, either written or oral. In particular, any terms or conditions that Contractor may attach or refer to in any written material (including, without limitation, on any invoice or packing note) or any course of dealing between Contractor and Company shall be of no effect.
21.3 Captions and headings used in the Purchase Order are inserted solely for convenience and shall not be taken into consideration in interpretation of the Purchase Order.
21.4 Where the context admits or requires words importing the singular this shall include the plural and vice versa and references to a gender shall include every gender.
21.5 Any purported amendment of the terms, requirements or obligations of the Purchase Order shall be void and of no force unless it is
(i) in writing,
(ii) signed by duly authorised representatives of Company and Contractor,
(iii) expressly refers to the specific Clause to be amended, and
(iv) expressly indicates agreement of Company and Contractor to amend such specific Clause.
21.6 If the Purchase Order is issued pursuant to another existing agreement between Company and Contractor, the terms and conditions referenced in the said existing agreement shall apply to the provision of the Goods and/or Services and shall take priority in the event of any conflict with these general terms and conditions.
21.7 Contractor shall immediately notify Company of any delay, specifying cause of and probable duration of the delay, and the measures Contractor will implement in order to reduce the delay.
21.8 The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall apply only for the purpose of extending the benefit of the indemnities in Clauses 3.8, 9.3, 10, and 12.1 to the other members of the Contractor Group (other than the Contractor) and the Company Group (other than the Company) hereinafter “Beneficiary Third Parties” but the rights of such Beneficiary Third Parties shall not prevent the exercise of any right Contractor or Company may have to vary and/or terminate the Purchase Order or an individual purchase order, even if that results in the rights of such Beneficiary Third Parties being varied or extinguished. In enforcing any right to which it is entitled by virtue of the Act and the provisions of the Purchase Order, the remedies of the Beneficiary Third Parties shall be limited to damages. A Beneficiary Third Party shall not be entitled to assign any benefit or right conferred on it under the Purchase Order by virtue of the Act.
21.9 The Contractor shall comply at all times with its obligations under all applicable laws in relation to anti-bribery and anti-corruption in respect of this Purchase Order. The Contractor confirms that
(a) it has adopted internal controls reasonably designed to prevent violations of such legislation and will enforce those provisions where appropriate, and
(b) at the date of this Purchase Order it is not aware of any such violation by any of its directors, officers, employees or agents in relation to this Purchase Order and
(c) it shall ensure that all persons associated with it or other persons who are performing services or providing Goods and/or Services in connection with this Purchase order comply with this Clause 21.9.
21.10 If any term or provision or part of this Purchase Order shall be held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, in whole or in part, such term or provision or part shall to that extent be deemed not to form part of this Purchase Order but the validity and enforceability of the remainder of this Purchase Order shall not be affected
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