• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica and Venezuela Still Talking Crude

October 3, 2008

Costa Rica is seeking to buy at least 20,000 barrels of fuel a day from Venezuela at preferential rates, said Robert Dobles, Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET) minister.

Officials from MINAET, the National Oil Refinery (RECOPE), and Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. late last week discussed the price, type and amount of fuel that Costa Rica will be able to buy once it joins the Venezuelan alliance PetroCaribe next year.

Dobles, who was stingy on details, said the countries will reach a firm agreement in October or November.

Some 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries are part of PetroCaribe, which allows members to pay 60 percent of their fuel bill over 25 years at 1 percent interest with a two-year grace period. Payment for the other 40 percent is due within 90 days.

Costa Rica, set to join the initiative at the next summit, most likely in December, now imports about 17,000 barrels of crude oil from Venezuela a day and must pay the bill within seven days.

On Friday, officials from Petróleos de Venezuela were scheduled to travel to the Caribbean to visit the national refinery and a pipeline that runs from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Venezuela has expressed interest in using the pipeline to supply other PetroCaribe countries, Dobles said.

Costa Rica will be able to pay some of its fuel bill with goods and services. Emmanuel Hess, general manager of the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER), discussed Tico products that Venezuela might purchase, such as tires, clothing, medicine, sugar and tuna.

 

You may be interested

Nearly 100 locations now offer antigen tests for travelers in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
3271 views
Costa Rica
3271 views

Nearly 100 locations now offer antigen tests for travelers in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 26, 2021

Several countries, including the United States, require that returning travelers test negative for the coronavirus. More than 100 labs in…

Costa Rica Covid-19 information from the U.S. Embassy
Costa Rica
1473 views
Costa Rica
1473 views

Costa Rica Covid-19 information from the U.S. Embassy

The Tico Times - February 26, 2021

The United States Embassy on Friday issued a summary of Costa Rica's coronavirus measures that our readers may find helpful.…

Costa Rica will (finally) support contactless payments on public transport
Costa Rica
1150 views
Costa Rica
1150 views

Costa Rica will (finally) support contactless payments on public transport

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 26, 2021

Costa Rica's next step toward modernizing its public transport system will be to allow contactless payments. The Railway Institute (INCOFER)…