José Enrique de Olano y Loyzaga
(Liverpool, 1847 – Barcelona, 1934)
Mining engineer and member of a Basque family who took part in important enterprises (naval, mining, metallurgy’s, textile) attained to totally modernise the mining in the region. In 1900 his enterprise became tenth in importance throughout the Spanish state sector. In 1908 the king Alfonso XIII visited the mines and the king granted J.E. de Olano the title of count of Fígols.
In 1893, José Enrique de Olano i Loizaga bought most of the mines in the area in Cercs, Fígols and La Nou and he started a new process of modernisation of the exploitations. At the same time the construction of the miner colonies of Sant Corneli, Sant Josep and La Consolació and the railway at the foothold of the mine were boosted.