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Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, S.A.

La Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, S.A. (CNFL), nació en 1941, fruto de un esfuerzo político por nacionalizar los servicios eléctricos a la ciudadanía, dejando atrás la propiedad privada y garantizando la cobertura total, incluyendo a los grupos sociales menos favorecidos económicamente.

Desde entonces, el norte de la Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, S.A. de Costa Rica ha sido brindar un servicio de calidad a todos los sectores de la población de la Gran Área Metropolitana (GAM), definida geográficamente como la zona de cobertura.

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

El 8 de abril de 1941, en la historia de Costa Rica quedaría plasmado el nacimiento de la Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, con el “ejecútese” a la Ley número 2.

La fusión de The Costa Rica Electric Light and Traction Company, Limited; Compañía Nacional de Electricidad y Compañía Nacional Hidroeléctrica (o Compañía Electriona) en Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, se registró legalmente el 15 de mayo de 1941.

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).

Con el fin de marcar sus ámbitos de acción y establecer una política de coordinación de esfuerzos, en 1970 el Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) y la Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, S.A. suscribieron un Convenio para la Prestación Mutua de Servicios, el cual entró en vigencia el 1 de julio de 1971, con el aval de la Contraloría General de la República.

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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