Costa Rica adds 165 MW of geothermal to the pipeline

Another 165 MW of geothermal energy is in the pipeline for Costa Rica. An expansion of the Las Pailas plant is expected to generate between 35 and 55 MW starting in 2018. The Central American country leads in Latin America when it comes to the utilization of geothermal energy; a total of 207 MW of installed capacity are generated from two plants, the Miravalles field being the most developed. The Las Pailas plant expansion will add to its current capacity of 42.5 MW. The Costa Rica energy utility (ICE), which operates both plants, is currently developing the Borinquen geothermal field that will have an installed capacity of 110 MW and is expected to be operational in 2023-24.

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