Garabito plant inaugurated with nod to environment

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad inaugurated its $360 million Garabito oil fired generating station Thursday with nods to the environment.

The generating engines, supplied by the Germany firm MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, are clean and each puts out particulates not greater than those from a typical truck on a Costa Rican street, said Hermann Kröger, who represented the German firm.

The power company also said that the plant on the Pacific coast would be a center of a reforestation effort. The plant is supposed to generate 200 megawatts, and provide backup electricity in the periods when hydro power is limited.

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