Five private projects to produce power

Five new electrical generating plants will help produce power, and they are private. They are in Atenas, Liberia, Turrialba and Tilarán, said the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

The state firm known as ICE will buy the power.

Two of the plants are hydro generators, and three are wind generators.

ICE officials are counting on the plants to produce about 6 percent of the power needs. The law limits private generation to 20 percent of the national needs.

The Tilawind plant in Tilarán will enter into operation in February. It represents an investment of $39 million.

The Torito hydro plant is on the Río Reventazón near Turrialba. It cost $134 million, said ICE.

The Orosí wind plant will go into service in June.  It is in Quebrada Grande de Liberia, Guanacaste, and cost $133 million, said ICE.

The Chucás hydro plant in Atenas uses water from the Río Tárcoles during the rainy season.  The plant cost $108 million.

The Vientos del Este is a $24 million project also in Tilarán. It will go into operation next December.

ICE generates about 75 percent of the nation’s power.  Utilities in Heredia and Cartago as well as the subsidiary, the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, generate the rest.

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