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Central America’s largest hydroelectric dam inaugurated in Costa Rica

Staff Writer | September 20, 2016
President Luis Guillermo Solis has inaugurated the Reventazon Hydroelectric Plant in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region.
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Energy in LatAm   The second-biggest infrastructure work
This is the second-biggest infrastructure work in Central America after the Panama Canal and the largest of its kind in the region.

A 305.5 MW dam that was Costa Rica’s largest-ever infrastructure project, Reventazon will feed enough electricity into the nation’s electrical grid to power 525,000 homes.

If necessary, the electricity it produces also could be exported to other Central American nations.

The $1.4 billion plant, which was completed three months ahead of schedule, was entirely built and designed by government-run electricity provider ICE and financed by local and international banks.

The dam is crucial to Costa Rica’s objective of maintaining electricity independence at least until 2025 and reaching its goals in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to ICE.

In 2015, Costa Rica generated 99 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, mainly hydroelectric power, followed by geothermal, wind, biomass and solar energy.