The Borinquen I Geothermal Project continues with the execution of works that will provide 55 megawatts of renewable energy to meet the national electricity demand. Currently, Borinquen I has 40.8% construction progress. The plant will take advantage of the resource of a deposit located on the slopes of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano.
Among the completed works are the access roads, the production and reinjection platforms, the working water storage lagoon and the drilling of seven production wells and five reinjection wells.
Leonardo Solís, director of the Project, explained that “we have made progress in drilling wells, internal roads, construction of reinjection lagoons, excavation for the Powerhouse and the waste dumps. Production tests are also continuing, as part of the field evaluation work.”
In addition, the works to bring energy to the Borinquen I sector will benefit 300 families from CañasDulces and Buenavista, in Liberia, through the construction of a 27-kilometer, 20-megawatt distribution line.
Eighth ICE plant that uses volcanic steam
Borinquen I will be the eighth ICE plant that uses volcanic steam. Costa Rica is the third country on the continent in geothermal capacity to generate electricity, only surpassed by the United States and Mexico, nations with extensive experience in oil drilling.
Facts in brief:
- Borinquen I Geothermal Project
- Location:Cañas Dulces, Liberia, Guanacaste.
- Installed capacity: 55 megawatts.
- Effective power delivered: 52 megawatts.
- Average annual production: 410 gigawatt hours.
— Entry into operation:2027.