Concession for Hydroelectric Power and Road Construction in the Valleys of Andorra
This document, published in Tàrrega, Catalonia, in 1930, is the printed edition of the contract signed in 1929 by the Consell General (General Council of the Valleys), the elected assembly of the Principality of Andorra, and the Forces Hidroelèctriques d'Andorra, Societat Anònima (F.H.A.S.A.—Hydroelectric Power Company of Andorra). At the beginning of the 20th century, many companies expressed interest in the exploitation of hydroelectric power in Andorra. Electricity had been used in the country since the 19th century, but it was still a very scare commodity. In 1929 the Consell General granted a concession to develop and exploit the hydroelectric potential of the principality to Andreu Boussac and Llorenç Gómez, who acted as representatives of a Spanish-French group that formed the F.H.A.S.A. Although the majority of the energy generated was sold to the neighboring countries of Spain and France, Andorra also realized many improvements for itself. The increased availability of electricity and the revenues it produced triggered the modernization of the country, which was characterized by such developments as the construction of roads, increased availability of low-cost energy in homes and businesses, increased hiring of labor (especially independent workers), and the maintenance of the Andorran police.
Güell, Tàrrega, Spain
Title in Original Language
Concessió de les forces hidràuliques i construcció de carreteres de les Valls d’Andorra
Type of Item
33 pages ; 22 centimeters
Last updated: June 30, 2016