During a year and a half of operation, the Olmos Project has harvested varieties of blueberry, asparagus, corn, mango, passion fruit, avocado, grapes and sugarcane grown over more than 10,000 hectares of planted lands – which already makes Lambayeque one of Peru's main agroindustrial regions.
Led by Odebrecht Engineering & Construction - Infrastructure, the H2Olmos Concessionaire has already helped generate approximately 3,000 direct and indirect job openings – with investments by new companies from the sector, the expectation is to exceed 30,000 direct and 100,000 indirect job openings over the coming years.
Olmos Valley has one of the most fertile soils in the Americas. On that piece of land – located near the Andes Mountain Range and 900 km to the North of Lima – there is sunlight year round and low relative humidity, which helps keep pests away. If it weren't for one factor, the conditions would be naturally perfect for agriculture: we are talking about a desert region.
Defying the limitations imposed by nature, over an 18-month period, the Olmos Project, administrated by H2Olmos, has planted on 31% of the project's farmable area. Approximately 24,000 hectares have also been prepared, boosting the region's export potential. Of the 51 agricultural lots, 27 are connected with the pressurized water distribution system – which allows for a type of irrigation that is more practical and economic.
"Olmos is the world's first irrigation project that has a telescopic pipe – extending 45 km long and which is pressurized and buried – giving our users a continuous pressure in their water supply systems," explained Alfonso Pinillos, Irrigation and Investment Director.
The pioneering work does not stop there. The challenges in Lambayeque included the construction, completed by Odebrecht, of a tunnel that is 20-km long and 5.3-m in diameter excavated through the unstable geology of the Andes Mountains, where 400 million m³ of water now circulate each year, collected from the Huancabamba River. The tunnel represented one of the world's most complex engineering projects, given the local geological instability itself and its depth, which extends as far as 2 km below the surface of the mountain.