La Joya is a 50MW hydro power project. It is located on Reventazon river/basin in Cartago, Costa Rica. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2003 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2006.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 50 50 Active Cartago, Costa Rica Naturgy Energy Group; Union Fenosa Generacion


The project was developed by Naturgy Energy Group and Union Fenosa Generacion. The project is currently owned by Global Power Generation.

La Joya is a run-of-river project. The gross head and net head of the project are 110m and 104m respectively. The project generated 251.8 GWh of electricity.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2003 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2006.

Contractors Involved

GE Renewable Energy was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 3 units of francis turbines, each with 17MW nameplate capacity.

GE Renewable Energy supplied 3 electric generators for the project.

About Naturgy Energy Group

Naturgy Energy Group SA (Naturgy), formerly Gas Natural Fenosa, is an integrated gas and electric utility that carries out the exploration, development, liquefaction, regasification, transportation, storage, distribution and commercialization of natural gas. The company also undertakes the generation, distribution and commercialization of electricity. It carries out power generation through combined cycle, thermal, nuclear, hydro, co-generation and wind farm plants, and other special regime technologies. It has electricity generation operations in Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Australia. The company has operations in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Naturgy is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

About Union Fenosa Generacion

Union Fenosa Generacion S.A engages in the production and distribution of electric power. It operates as a subsidiary of Unión Fenosa, S.A.


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