Costa Rica Lags in Regional Power Grid Interconnection

Most Central American countries will have connected to the 1,800 km electricity network by the end of 2010 but Costa Rica will do so in 2011.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Of the six countries comprising Central America's electrical interconnection system (SIEPAC), Costa Rica is the least advanced in terms of the work needed to complete its connection.

"It is also the only country in which approval of the standard is still pending, in accordance with the second protocol of the Framework Agreement," reports

The Costa Rican Minister for the Environment, Teófilo de la Torre, indicated that the a stretch of 130km in the south has been delayed due to difficulties obtaining access rights.

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