470 thousand liters of fuel to be transported by road

An electricity project by the ICE in Costa Rica will cause 20 tankers of fuel to be transported daily between Limon and Puntarenas by road.

Monday, January 5, 2009

According to nacion.com, "The fuel will be used to supply the Garabito Electrical Plant which his being built by the ICE at Montes de Oro next to the Inter-American Highway

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Costa Rica: Inefficiency Adds $10 million to Electricity Costs

April 2013

Delays in unloading a ship and specifications errors have forced the state electricity company, the ICE, to use diesel instead of bunker fuel to generate electricity.

A boat containing bunker fuel for had to wait 11 days in Puerto Caldera before unloading. "The delay forced the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) to use diesel (much more expensive) to produce electricity during that time", reported Nacion.com.

Natural Gas as Energy Source for Costa Rica

April 2012

The two energy-related state enterprises are looking at replacing bunker fuel and diesel power generation plants and power used in public transport and freight, with natural gas.

The state run Costa Rican Oil Refinery (Recope) and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), are awaiting the results of a study contracted with a Canadian company that will define the economic and technical feasibility of using natural gas as a substitute for diesel or bunker fuel.

Bunker Terminal in Costa Rican Pacific

June 2011

The Costa Rican state electricity and fuel companies have agreed to build a terminal for the supply of bunker fuel.

From a press release by RECOPE :

The Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery (RECOPE SA) and the Instituto Costarricensede Electricidad (ICE), have pledged to work together in developing the Pacific Terminal project, which will allow the country to have another alternative way to import fuel which will strengthen RECOPE’s value chain in infrastructure and reduces the risk of shortages, as well as providing an alternative supply of bunker fuel for consumption centers on the Pacific coast, in particular for electricity generation in the Garabito thermal plant.

Costa Rica: Garabito Power Plant Begins Operations in September

April 2010

The first three engines, out of a total eleven, will start outputting power on September.

The announcement was made by Pedro Pablo Quirós, head of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), while visiting the project, which is 55% ready.

Three other generators will start operating on October and the remaining five in December. Each one of the 11 generators is capable of 18.3 MW.

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