The state power company says it retired a 39-year-old generating plant in Moín Tuesday. The plant, operated by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, was used to back up the hydro generating facilities operated by the company.
The state firm known as ICE said that with the Reventazón hydo project having gone on line, the backup was not needed.
The plant in the Sandoval section of the canton of Limón, went into service in the 1970s when the country experienced an electrical shortage. It has four generators that ran on bunker oil. The country produces the bulk of its power from hydro sources. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad also has retired the generatingplant in Colima, Tibás, after 57 tears of ooperation.