Agreement for chinese refinery vetoed in Costa Rica

The Costa Rican Comptroller vetoed an agreement that would have allowed the construction of a $1 billion petroleum refinery.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The accord that was signed in 2008 between the state-owned companies, Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery (RECOPE) and the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and authorized by president Oscar Arias, would have allowed the construction of a $1 billion, 12,000 barrel refinery in the Costa Rican Caribbean .

According to the report by AFP published in, the Costa Rican Comptroller challenged the agreement, arguing that RECOPE does not have the authority to cede "the fuel importing, refining and distributing monopoly that it has in the country" to the new company.

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