Geothermal plant tendered for $65 million in Costa Rica

Ormat Technologies signed a contract with the BCIE to provide and operate a geothermal energy plant.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


The plant will be installed in the Las Pailas area in Costa Rica and will be used by the Costa Rica Institute of Electricity. It should be completed in 18 months from the signing of the contract.

Ormat built another geothermal energy plant in Costa Rica in 2004 and has four other projects in Central America. It is expected that all the projects will generate 150 MW once the Las Pailas plant is in operation.

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GTherm, the owner of the patent, is negotiating with Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) to develop a 12 MW pilot project.

Within ICE's strategy to develop clean electricity sources, since October 2010 it is negotiating a pilot project to generate electricity by harnessing geothermal energy in the subsoil, a rich resource in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica: Push for Geothermal Energy Projects

May 2011

The increasing energy demand and the slow progress of Electricity Act are driving the Government to promote the use of geothermal energy.

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Geothermal Energy in Central America

September 2010

While costly to build, Geothermal Energy plants could represent a reliable source of clean energy in the long term.

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Costa Rica: $70 million for Las Pailas Geothermal Plant

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A loan granted by the European Investment Bank is equivalent to 21% of the total investment required to develop the work.

Funding will be ready for disbursement in the second half of 2014 and will be the second loan received by the ICE for the development of this project.

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