Lawsuit Over Hydroelectric is Rejected

In Costa Rica a lawsuit filed against the ICE by Unión Fenosa Generadora La Joya, has been rejected. The case included a $7.9 million claim for alleged overcharges for the suspension of a hydroelectric project in Turrialba.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nacion.com reports that "...The case dates back to 2002 and relates to a BOT  - build, operate and transfer - contract signed between the ICE and the Spanish private generator to produce 50 Megawatts (MW) of energy with a water source in the canton of Turrialba."

"... In 2010, however, La Joya sued the ICE for $7.9 million seeking recognition of alleged overcharges which it may have incurred due to the suspension of the project, ordered by judicial and administrative authorities due to an impact on aquifers affected by the work."

"... With respect to the BOT contract and its nature, the Court recalled that in these projects "a total assumption of the risk is required by the builder not only in the design, execution and start-up of the work, but also in the exploitation of the work" the ICE said in a press release following resolution 67-2017-VIII of July 13, 2017."


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