Olmos hydro water tunnel project in Peru nears completion

30 May 2011

Construction work on trans-Andean tunnel of Olmos Tinajones Special Project (PEOT) in Peru is nearing completion.

Approximately 18km of the tunnel has been excavated and about 1.39km to be excavated. The tunnelling work is expected to be completed by late 2011. The project is expected to create up to 25,000 direct and indirect jobs in Lambayeque region. The director representative of Latin American development bank CAF, Eleonora Silva has inspected the progress of construction of the Olmos Hydroelectric Project, which will bring 38,500 hectares of farmland into cultivation. The delegation toured the Eastern Front of the project where they inspected completion of the construction of the 44 million cubic metres Lemon dam, while on the Western Front they were shown the 11km drilled with the tunnel boring machine. Upon completion, the Olmos project will supply up to 2,050 million cubic metres of water per year, have capacity to generate 600MW of electricity and irrigate more than 150,000 hectares for agricultural production.