Recope Pipeline

From Global Energy Monitor


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Recope Pipeline, known locally as Poliducto Recope, is an oil pipeline in Costa Rica.[1]


The pipeline runs from the port of Moín on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast to Recope's Barranca facility near the Pacific coast, passing through intermediate Recope stations at Siquirres, Turrialba, El Alto and La Garita, Costa Rica.[2]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Recope[3]
  • Current capacity: 69,187.92 barrels per day[4]
  • Length: 533 km / 331 miles[2]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2006


Costa Rica's state oil refinery Recope is owner of a 533km pipeline system stretching from the Caribbean port of Moín to Barranca on the Pacific coast. The system's main section is a 12-inch diameter, 177-kilometer multi-product pipeline that transports fuel from Limón to La Garita via El Alto.[2]

Construction was funded by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei) and the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) with respective loans of US$60mn and US$30mn. Argentine construction company Techint was the only firm to submit a construction bid by the deadline.[1]

Attacks on pipeline

In September 2017 the pipeline was perforated in three places in what Recope President Alejandro Muñoz called an act of sabotage.[5] Attacks by oil theft gangs have become more numerous in recent years, affecting multiple points along the Recope pipeline. Reported cases jumped from three in 2016 to 47 in 2017 to 200 in 2018. As of October 2019, Recope officials had already recorded 279 oil thefts year to date.[6]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Recope to Sign for US$90mn Pipeline Loans" RigZone, accessed August 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Poliducto". RECOPE. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  3. "BNamericas - Operator Series: Repositioning Costa Rica's ..." Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  4. Empresas extranjeras supervisarán poliducto en Costa Rica, LMTonline, Mar. 10, 2005
  5. Recope denuncia sabotajes contra oleoducto, plantel de Moín y ataques a funcionarios que están laborando, El Mundo, September 17, 2018
  6. "Costa Rica Oil Theft Reaches Record High in 2019". InSight Crime. November 27, 2019.

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