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Centro Energetico de las Americas (CELA) Cancelled

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Early Works
Current Stage: Awaiting construction decision
Start: 03/2009
In Construction
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The project aims to build oil and gas energy infrastructure on both the Atlantic and Pacific via a 90km pipeline running parallel to the Panama Canal. The entire three-stage, integrated gas and oil project envisions refineries with capacity of 2Mb/d. The first stage was initially scheduled to be completed in 2011. The project is, however, currently stalled due to legal issues with the government. The project is currently being restructured to focus on securing government approval.

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Key Specs

Full Name
Centro Energetico de las Americas (CELA)
Project Type
LNG, Midstream, Oil & Gas Pipelines, Refineries
Development Phase
Awaiting construction decision
Project Status
Project Capacity
2  Mb/d (million barrels per day)  LNG
 Oil & Gas Pipelines
28  Mm3/d (million cubic meters per day)  Refineries
US$ 1.1bn

Infrastructure on the Atlantic will be near the town of María Chiquita in Colón province; infrastructure on the Pacific will be near the former Howard air base.

* The coordinates listed on the map represent the area of influence of the project, not necessarily the exact location.

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