Gabriela Montes de Oca is the head of this project in Recope, the state owned energy company. She assures the plant will save the country $8 million in freightage costs.
"... the project will be financed by the Central American Economic Integration Bank, through a trust... An EPC system will be used (Engineering, Provide, and Construction), but once the work is finished, Recope will lease it out, with a purchase option, for a 12 year term".
The Costa Rican Oil Refinery has received four bids for the tender for the project "System and Storage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (SAGAS)."
A press release by Recope states:
Bids were opened on November 8, 2011for the public procurement tender number 2011LN-000009-02 for the four areas and related works on the project entitled ‘System Storage and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (SAGAS)’ where offers were presented by four companies from which the most suitable will be selected by the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (RECOPE SA)
The Costa Rican government has declared the importation and distribution of natural gas to be of public interest, and is promoting the conversion of power plants, the automotive fleet and industry.
While it is not yet clear whether the state-owned monopoly RECOPE (Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo) will manage trade in natural gas, the government of Costa Rica announced that within six months it will be importing liquefied natural gas.
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