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Central America: Regional energy plan to provide relief for Pemex

MEXICO has invited Central American leaders to meet in December to discuss an energy project that is part of a broader scheme aimed at boosting regional co-operation in areas such as transport, energy and telecommunications. The energy project – warmly received by a group of Central American heads of state in Argentina last month – is part of an initiative known as Plan Puebla-Panama, which was signed in 2001 by Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The outline of the scheme, which would cost between $5bn and $7bn, envisages the building of four main projects: an oil refinery, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, a gas pipeline and an electri

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