The deadline to receive bids was March 12.
The refinery plans to study the technical part of the offer and will decide whether to award the contract by August. Recope sold over 20 sets of bidding rules for the contract.
Construction could start in early 2005 and take about 15 months, with operations scheduled to start in 2006.
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei) and the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) have both approved financing for the project.
Recope currently has a 226km (140 mile) fuel pipeline network extending from the Caribbean coast, an area known as Moin in Limon province, to the Pacific coast in the Barranca region. However, higher anticipated demand over the next 20 years means expanding current capacity by building a parallel pipeline between Moin and La Garita in Alajuela province. This new 12-inch pipeline will have a total length of 175km, of which 52km has already been built in two stages.
The third stage, which is considered in Recope's tender, requires the installation of the remaining 123km, most of which will be underground. The pipeline will have a capacity of 590 cubic meters an hour (cm/h) of gasoline or 537 cm/h an hour of diesel. About 50% of the fuel transported by the pipeline will come from Recope's refinery in Moin and 50% will be imported, mainly from Trinidad and Tobago.
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