Costa Rica geothermal plant achieves successful operation

The Las Pailas II Geothermal project in Costa Rica achieved a 55MW rate capacity yesterday.

Costa Rican Electricity Institute engineer Didier Ugalde announced the successful operation of its plant. 

The geothermal power plant has 21 wells, and a 55MW class steam turbine  and generator provided by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems. This geothermal power plant is the first in the country that used directional and not vertical technology for the drilling of its wells.

The Spanish engineering firm INITEC Energía was in charge of engineering, procurement and construction management for the power plant, located in the country’s Northwest region.

The plant was originally scheduled to enter into operation in June, but this was pushed forward to May after droughts caused concerns for Costa Rica’s mainly hydroeletric power sources.

This geothermal power plant will provide clean and stable energy to Costa Rica.