• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica demand for fuel falling fast

April 3, 2009

Costa Ricans are buying and burning considerably less fuel than last year, according to the nation´s oil authority, which registered a 23 percent drop in demand last month from March 2008.

The fall in demand has been gaining speed throughout the first three months of the year, the National Oil Refinery (RECOPE) said in a press release Wednesday. January saw a 6.28 percent decrease in fuel consumption from the same month in 2008, and February dropped 14 percent. All told, in the first quarter of 2009 oil demand was 15.13 percent below that of first quarter 2008 – down to just under 4.2 million barrels from 4.9 million.

Fueling the fall most was consumption of diesel fuel for the generation of electricity, which plummeted 99.64 percent in March compared with the same month last year. Fuels for ships (IFO) and planes (JET A-1) have also been on the decrease, down 67.58 percent and 31.74 percent in March respectively.

Bucking the trend, however, demand for super gasoline rose 5.86 percent last month from the prior March.

You may be interested

How 6 Exotic Animals in Costa Rica Got Their Names
Environment and Wildlife
6367 views
Environment and Wildlife
6367 views

How 6 Exotic Animals in Costa Rica Got Their Names

The Tico Times - March 7, 2021

When it comes to pointing out animals, some people in Costa Rican can be extremely unspecific. Sometimes it seems that…

Slothy Sunday: Restrictions are lifted, now what? See sloths, what else!
Sloth Sundays
2562 views
Sloth Sundays
2562 views

Slothy Sunday: Restrictions are lifted, now what? See sloths, what else!

Mariana Diaz / Toucan Rescue Ranch - March 7, 2021

This is officially the first week we are all allowed to drive again on both days of the weekend, how…

Sloths in Costa Rica: 11 Little Known Facts
Costa Rica wildlife
15424 views
Costa Rica wildlife
15424 views

Sloths in Costa Rica: 11 Little Known Facts

The Tico Times - March 7, 2021

Since they were first described by naturalists in the 1700s, sloths have been misunderstood. Early scientists described the slow-moving beasts…