Costa Rica’s power plant of the century now online
The Costa Rican power station Reventazón is the largest hydroelectric plant in Central America and is now in operation after a construction period of six years.
The plant with a power output of 305.5 MW was hooked up to the grid three months ahead of schedule. The project was implemented by the state-owned energy company ICE, who pointed out that Reventazón will produce energy for 525,000 households. The cost of investment was 1.4 billion dollars. “Reventazón wasn’t just a lucky strike. The project was built by talented Costa Rican specialists and was the result of ICE’s planning, education and experience”, explained Carlos Manuel Obregon, the director of the project. The majority of the energy in this small country of 5 million inhabitants already comes from renewable energy sources. In 2016 Costa Rica did without electricity generated from fossil fuels on 150 days of the year.