More Natural Gas in Costa Rica

The state fuel company Recope will begin importing natural gas within 6 months, to sell it to industrial clients.

Monday, October 22, 2012

According to Jorge Rojas, general manager of Recope, research is still being conducted over how many tons of gas will be brought into the country and at what prices it will be marketed locally.

The product will serve as an alternative for large scale energy consumers, who have seen their costs affected by the higher prices for the electricity in the country.

"The companies who will benefit the most from the import of natural gas will be those in the cement, stained glass and metallurgical business, who consume a lot of electricity in their processes which involve high-powered furnaces", published

According to Ronald Jimenez, from the Costa Rican Association of Large Energy Consumers, "replacing diesel and bunker fuel with natural gas will reduce by half the cost of producing electricity."

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