Costa Rica and coal

From Global Energy Monitor

Costa Rica does not produce any coal but has a small amount of reported resources.

Coal Resources

In the spring of 1981, the Institute Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) requested technical assistance in aspects of coal resource assessment from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). A visit during that year by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) experts, under an interagency agreement with USAID, resulted in a summary of the available coal information and a proposed coal resource assessment plan. That study reported 14.98 million tonnes of coal reserves, with 4.59 million tonnes proven and 9.37 million tonnes probable.[1]

Resource Details

Category Reserve Classification Quantity Units Data Year
BGR Estimate Reserves 0[2] million tonnes 2019
BGR Estimate Resources 17[2] million tonnes 2019
Geological Survey Reserves 14.98[1] million tonnes 1989
Geological Survey Resources 0[1] million tonnes 1989
Commercial Reserves Reserves million tonnes
Commercial Resources Resources million tonnes

Coal Production

Costa Rica produces no coal.[3]

Coal Consumption

Costa Rica does not use coal for electricity production.[4] In 2016, Costa Rica consumed 110 short tons of coal- approximately 22 cubic feet of coal per capita - ranking 127th in the world.[3]

Coal Imports & source countries

Costa Rica imports all of the coal it uses, much of it from the United States.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Edwin R. Landis and Jean N. Weaver, Coal exploration in Costa Rica: A project assessment, U.S. Geological Survey, Chart of Resources, page 28, 1989.
  2. 2.0 2.1 BGR Energy Study 2019 - Data and Developments in German and Global Energy Supplies (23), 200 p, Hannover, Germany
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Costa Rica Coal Reserves and Consumption Statistics - Worldometer". Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  4. "Costa Rica's Green New Deal". Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  5. "Costa Rica Trading Partner Portal - Advocacy - California Chamber of Commerce". Advocacy - California Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2021-05-14.