Wednesday 23 June 2021

Isla del Coco To Get Power

For decades Cocos Island, the Costa Rican ecological treasure in the Pacific Ocean, has been the least popular place for guards to be stationed. The uninhabited island, world patrimonial site, had no electricity at all until 2003 and could not be used as even a permanent Coast Guard base to protect the island’s waters against illegal fishing.

coco-s-islandBut that is due to change, thanks to a multi-institutional move to put hydroelectric generators on line there. The Olivier Hydroelectric Project installations will cost $2 million which will include a radar installation to detect illegal fishing boats which have long thumbed their noses at Costa Rica’s Coast Guard cutters too slow to arrive at the island intime to catch intruders.

Park Guards also were largely unable to catch diggers for the legendary Spanish treasure rumored to have been buried on the island but never found. Its waters have been violated hundreds of times by foreign fishing boats after tuna and even shark fins in waters teeming with fish life, even with help by private environmental foundations.

- Advertisement -

By means of a duct, the generators will provide 60 kilowatts to the rough housing for guards and the guard tower. Next year, the radar is due to be installed, according to the Environment Ministry and the electrical provider ICE and its distribution subsidiary CNFL.

Payment for the installation comes from not only the government but such private funds as Convervation International, Costa Rica para Siempre, Ocean Fire Foundation, the Walton Foundation, Linden Trust for Conservation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Also donating funds is the Japanese government, to be administered by the Friends of Cocos Island foundation. The radar installation is envisioned to be the first of 17 radars set up on the coastlines of both oceans to control illegal fishing, human trafficking, contamination, fuel contraband and narcotics traffic.

“Radar will permit identification of vessels around the island and this will make boarding them easier,” Rafael Gutierrez of the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac). The Coast Guard and park guard will be alerted to incursions but a satellite feed linked to the radar.

- Advertisement -

Power needs have been calculated for the island at something like 20 kilowatts. Another project, Genio, has functioned on the island since 2003 but did not envision the needs of a radar installation. Solar panels will back up the Olivier project.

Article by

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...


Tico tried to enter via San Jose airport with ¢93 million in cash

QCOSTARICA - A Costa Rican tried to enter the country through the Juan Santamaría International - San Jose Airport - with US$153,244 (the equivalent...

Today’s Covid News: Less than 800 new cases for the first time in two months

QCOSTARICA - For the first time in two months, less than 800 new cases of covid-19 in a single day were registered on June...

Germany opens borders to Ticos from this Friday!

QCOSTARICA - Good news for Ticos with traveling fever! From Friday, June 25, Germany will allow entry of travelers from Costa Rica as long...

Carlos Alvarado: “Don Rodolfo has my confidence”

QCOSTARICA - President Carlos Alvarado said he has all the confidence in his Minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT, Rodolfo Méndez Mata, and...

How to Continue Learning German If You Live in Berlin

Berlin is the place to be: the best parks, cinemas, concerts, and cultural life attract many students every year. COVID-19 has changed the situation...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

The Best Sports To Play On A Beach

Costa Rica has some of the best beaches in the world. The coastline is blessed with golden sand, beautiful palm trees, and perfect blue...

Construction companies that paid alleged bribes would be disqualified for ten years

QCOSTARICA - If it is proven in a final judgment that they did pay bribes to Conavi officials, several companies could be disqualified from...

Vaccination commission endorses J & J vaccine, says no to Sinovac

QCOSTARICA - The Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología (CNVE)  - National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission - endorsed the use of Johnson and Johnson...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.