Olmos water transfer tunnel due for completion on Dec 20

Friday, December 16, 2011

Construction of the water transport component of Peru's Olmos multipurpose hydro project (PEOT) in Lambayeque region is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday (Dec 20).

The 19.3km water tunnel is one of the northern region's most anticipated irrigation projects, state news agency Andina reported Lambayeque region head Humberto Acuña as saying.

The project was previously scheduled to wrap up in November this year; however, Consortium Trasvase Olmos (CTO) suspended work on the project's water transport component in June, claiming it had incurred extra costs of US$70mn due to frequent high-intensity rockbursts.

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Work was relaunched in October.

The tunnel will move water from the Limón dam, completed earlier. The project also envisions a 50MW power component, which will cost US$60mn-80mn.