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Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, SA

La Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, SA (CNFL), was born in 1941, the result of a political effort to nationalize electricity services to citizens, leaving behind private property and guaranteeing full coverage, including socially less favored social groups.

Since then, the north of the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, SA of Costa Rica has been to provide a quality service to all sectors of the population of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), defined geographically as the coverage area.

The expeditious service and prompt attention to customer requirements are a vital part of CNFL's work, as is the interest in preserving the planet with environmental management that is internally and externally responsible.

The History

The 8 of April of 1941, in the history of Costa Rica would be reflected the birth of the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, with the "execute" to Law number 2.

The merger of The Costa Rica Electric Light and Traction Company, Limited; National Electricity Company and National Hydroelectric Company (or Compañía Electriona) in Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, the 15 of May of 1941 was legally registered.

The legal support for this merger was promulgated in the Law number 2 of the 8 of April of 1941, with the Contract Law known as the Electric Contract of 1941.

It is legally constituted as a Public Limited Company registered in the Property Registry and its validity is guaranteed until the year 2107 (Law 8660, Law of Strengthening and Modernization of the Public Entities of the Sector

Telecommunications, article 54, Reach 31 of La Gaceta 156, of the 13 of August of the 2008).

In order to mark its areas of action and establish a policy of coordination of efforts, in 1970 the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, SA signed an Agreement for the Mutual Benefit of Services, which entered into force the 1 of July of 1971, with the endorsement of the Comptroller General of the Republic.

CNFL is the main electricity distribution company in Costa Rica and its service area covers 932,49 km2, where it registers a total electrification of 100%.

For its generation system, it has ten (10) elevating substations. For your electricity distribution system, you have twenty-one (21) reducing substations for your air distribution system; three (3) substations for its underground distribution system, three (3) switchyards and two (2) mobile substations as backup.

In addition, its distribution system includes 6.887 kilometers of lines in operation, of which 3.404 are primary and 3.483 are secondary lines and of that total (6.887 km), 6.138 kilometers are overhead lines and 749 kilometers are underground; It has 2.363 MVA installed capacity in distribution transformers.

Its service area covers a total of 510.314 customers of the Greater Metropolitan Area, where the greatest amount of the population, the public institutional life and the main commercial and productive activities of the country are concentrated.

Contact Information

  • Address:

    5 Avenue, 1 and 0 Street, Central Offices, San José, Costa Rica

  • Phone:

    (506) 2295-5000 / Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm

  • Ext:

    10026-1000 San José, Costa Rica

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