Hydroelectric Plant on Cocos Island on Schedule for Completion by 2015

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The construction of the hydroelectric plant on the Cocos Island National Park is completed by 30% and expected to be finished between November and December this year.

The construction start was in January and in these recent months, officials of the National Power and Light Company (CNFL), have been in charge of the project. About 30 workers remain on-site, in constant rotation, to guarantee maximum progress in the construction.

“Last week a new journey of workers came to the island. The project is expected to end in November or December this year. We continue to participate several actors such as CNFL, the Foundation Friends of Cocos Island (Faico) and national park officials. The goal is to finish at that date. There is a well-planned schedule of work, but setbacks can not be discarded,” said Alejandra Villalobos, executive director of Faico.

The work costs 145 million colones, the water of the plant will be conducted by a pressure pipe of 480 meters and production is expected to be of 0.20 mega watts, just to meet the needs of rangers, volunteers and ,in case of a medical emergency, of people visiting the site.

“The people of CNFL have a list of entrances and departures to the park. They have significant experience, we believe the goal of finishing the plant this year will be met,” she added.

The Japanese Embassy in Costa Rica donated funds to purchase the turbine the plant will use and has tried to provide all the conditions, as the workers of the company are 100% on the island.

“Workers have tried to stay a while, go back and then return. The plant aims to strengthen efforts against illegal fishing and replace the current energy system, which runs on hydrocarbons,” Villalobos said.

In one of her last presidential tours, Laura Chinchilla visited the national park to observe the work of the plant and the installation of a radar that strengthens the fight against illegal fishing on site.

Geiner Golfín, administrator of the National Park, said that some days ago, international media, like the BBC, have visited the site and were very interested in the natural environment and the projects that are realized.

“They wanted to see the radar, which is managed by the Costa Rican Foundation forever and the International Cooperation. Construction of the plant continues and we have good expectations for the project,” cited Golfín.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica