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High Gas Prices Return: RECOPE Looking For A ¢73 Hike

The State refinery, Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope), requested on Friday, April 12, approval for a gasoline price hike that, if approved, would take effect in May. If approved, a liter of super gasoline would go from the current ¢618 to ¢691, regular from ¢602...

Recope’s Plan For Ethanol Nixed

The central government announced this Tuesday morning the suspension until further notice the plan by the State refinery to replace super gasoline with an ethanol mix by the end of May. Five days ago the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) announced its intention to replace...

Doubts And Objections Over Ethanol

On Monday, the Recope faces a multitude of doubts and objections on its plan to replace super gasoline with an ethanol mix starting on May 29.

Recope’s Plan For Ethanol Faces Appeals and Objection From Politicians

The plan by the State refinery RECOPE to replace super gasoline with an ethanol mix called Eco95 starting at the end of May faces appeals before the Constitutional Court or Sala IV and objection from opposition political parties. On Monday, the press office of the...

Substitution of Super gasoline with ethanol mix generates reservations among consumers

The substitution of super gasoline for an ethanol mix is generating reservations among consumers. The main concern is especially for older engines, that will be damaged without modifications and constant maintenance. Juan Ricardo Fernández, president of the Asociación de Consumidores Libres (Association of Free Consumers),...

Older cars and newer ethanol gas. Is that a devilish mixture or a match made in heaven? 

Rico's TICO BULL - If you are like me, have older cars, the question with respect to RECOPE's decision to replace 'super' gasoline with an ethanol mix, is it safe to use in older engines? In my case, I have two older vehicles, a 1975...

RECOPE will replace super gasoline with ethanol to reduce emissions

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (RECOPE) confirmed that it will sell start gasoline with ethanol under the name of 'Eco 95', to replace super, starting May 29, 2019. This fuel will be ¢7 colones cheaper than the current super, with a retail price of ¢613.05...

Central America: Fuel Prices For The Week Of March 17-23

The increase in reference prices for this fortnight is because gasoline inventories have experienced their largest decline since February until the last weekly report provided on Wednesday March 20 by the International Energy Agency (IEA). During the last five consecutive weeks, gasoline reserves have decreased...

Recope Can Operate With 40% Of Its Staff

According to the Minister of the Environment: "Recope can operate with 40% of its current staff".

Costa Rica’s Mafia

When the word mafia is mentioned, the first things that usually comes to mind are the likes of Al Capone, La Cosa Nostra, The Mob or Pablo Escobar. Well, the government mafia in Costa Rica is not as evil as those just mentioned but...

Costa Rica Continues With The Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Costa Rica continues with the highest gasoline prices in the region. Price per U.S. gallon of regular gasoline in Costa Rica is US$3.48, Nicaragua US$3.28, Honduras US$3.19, El Salvador US$2.81, Guatemala US$2.75 and Panama US$2.56. The increase in the reference prices for the current fortnight,...

Sala IV Upholds Remand For Convicted Recope Worker

The Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is also known considered it justified that six months of preventive detention ordered against a Recope worker, sentenced to two years in prison for causing damage to the plant in Moín, Limón. The magistrates rejected a writ...

BIG Price Drop In Gasoline At Midnight!

At midnight tonight, a sharp decrease in gasoline prices takes effect. The price drop was approved by the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) on December 14, and published at noon today in the official newsletter, La Gaceta. At 12:01 am Thursday (Jan. 10),...

Gas Stations Back Off On Threat After Quick Action By Ministry of Finance

All is cool again at the country's gasoline stations. The threat of not accepting credit and debit cards starting today as announced Monday night was called off thanks to the "prompt" reaction by the Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance). This morning, Tuesday, José Miguel...

Goverment To Appeal Decision Declaring Recope Workers Strike

President Carlos Alvarado on Tuesday requested the Attorney General to file an appeal on the appeals court decision, declaring the Recope worker's strike legal. The appeals court decision overturned an earlier court decision. As pointed out by the Q legal expert, Rick Philps, the decision...

Appeals Court Declares “Legal” Strike By Recope Workers

The long-running public sector strike got a boost on Monday with the Labor Court decision declaring legal the movement by the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope). The Tribunal de Apelación de Trabajo del II Circuito Judicial de San José said the judge who qualified the...

RECOPE Requests Increase In The Price of Fuel

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (RECOPE) requested on Friday an increase in the price of fuel from the regulating authority, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos (Aresep). The RECOPE cited the upward trends in the international market and the rise in the dollar exchange as...

Recope Workers To Be Back At Work On Thursday

The union representing the workers of the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) today (Wednesday) agreed to reach a deal with the State company, with workers to be back on the job on Thursday. The deal was signed by Alejandro Muñoz, president of the Recope and...

Consumers Will Foot The ¢4.6 Billion Loss By Recope Due To The Strike

Update: The original post did not reflect the fuel price increase that went into effect at 12:01am this Thursday. The current fuel prices at all pumps across the country is ¢680 (down ¢1) a liter for super, ¢663 (no change) for regular or plus,...

Thieves Drill Into Recope Pipeline To Steal Fuel, Spill Alerts Authorities

Under the guise of a construction site, a group rented an empty lot and erected a construction perimeter and construction shack with the purpose of pilfering gasoline from the Recope pipeline running through the property. A spill alterted El Coyol de Alajuela area residents and...

Gas Truckers Moving Again! (Video)

Casa Presidencial reports the police action in La Garita Recope plant was successful, the gas tankers filled with fuel with able to leave the plant to destinations across the GAM. #EnEsteMomento la @fuerzapublicaCR realiza intervención en La Garita de Alajuela, para quitar el bloqueo en...

RECOPE guarantees supply of fuels during national strike

The RECOPE, the national refinery that does not refine anything, says has optimal inventory levels and sales logistics that ensure the continuity of operations in the event of an indefinite national strike that is to start on Monday, September 10. Faced with the call to...

Cacique Guaro, A Tarnished Brand?

Cacique Guaro is the "guaro de los Ticos". At least it once was. The brand was also the "star product" and the financial flow of the Fábrica Nacional de Licores (FANAL) - National Liquor Factory - and that kept afloat its parent company, the...

Costa Rica Consuming More Fuel, RECOPE Reports Increase in Sales

Between the first half of 2017 and the same period this year, the state oil company, RECOPE, reported a 4% increase in sales. According to the most recent data from the institution, from January to June of 2018 sales ascended to 1.737 million liters of...

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Fuel Prices In Central America

Fuel prices in Costa Rica and Central America are up, with Costa Rica having the highest prices in the region. According to data by Acodeco.gob.pa, the price of a gallon of regular gasoline (as of June 4) are: Costa Rica $4.22 Nicaragua $3.99 Honduras...

RECOPE Sells Diesel Fuel That Is Less Polluting But Harmful To Some Engines

Though less polluting, the state refinery Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) admitted that the diesel it distributes since November to gasoline stations across the country can damage the fuel injection pumps of vehicle engines. A report by La Nacion says that the new diesel fuel...

Aresep Inspections Ensure Quantity And Quality of Gasoline Dispensed

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (ARESEP) - Regulatory Authority of Public Services - often comes under fire for approving increases in water rates, increasing costs in electricity, bus and taxi fares and gasoline prices. But this public institution, created in law in September...

Christmas Arriving In November in Costa Rica: Gas Price Drop On The Way

Christmas is arriving early in Costa Rica this year, a reduction in gasoline prices that will take effect next month. On Friday, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (RECOPE) - Costa Rica's refinery that refines nothing - submitted to the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos...

Gas Price Drop Coming Next Week

Next week, a reduction of ¢9 colones for a liter of super gasoline and ¢5 for regular will take effect. At the same time, a liter of diesel fuel will increase ¢5. This will be the third consecutive reduction in gasoline prices approved by the...

Drop In Gas Prices Approved

In the coming says, mostly likely before the end of the month, the price of gasoline will drop ¢25 colones for a liter of super; ¢28 for a liter of regular; and ¢20 for diesel fuel. On Friday, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos...

Gasoline To Be More Expensive In May

Q COSTA RICA - On Monday the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) made the request for an increase of ¢21 colones for a liter of super, ¢23 for regular and ¢6 for diesel. Typically the requests are made to the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios...

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