Le Truel

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Le Truel
Vista from Costecalde
Vista from Costecalde
Coat of arms of Le Truel
Coat of arms
Le Truel is located in France
Le Truel
Le Truel
Coordinates: 44°03′01″N 2°45′20″E / 44.0503°N 2.7556°E / 44.0503; 2.7556Coordinates: 44°03′01″N 2°45′20″E / 44.0503°N 2.7556°E / 44.0503; 2.7556
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aveyron
Arrondissement Millau
Canton Saint-Rome-de-Tarn
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Amédée Jean
Area1 26.48 km2 (10.22 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 345
 • Density 13/km2 (34/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 12284 /12430
Elevation 260–828 m (853–2,717 ft)
(avg. 260 m or 850 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Le Truel (Occitan:Lo Truèlh) is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France. The village was in the ancient province of Rouergue where they spoke in the rouergat patois of Occitan.


The commune is on the southern edge of the Massif Central. The hamlets to the north have commanding views of the Cevennes and the Millau Viaduct, which is 20 miles (32 km) to the west. The commune is approached along the D200 which connects it to the A75 autoroute. The D200 runs alongside the River Tarn which has been dammed and provides the power for two hydro-electric generating plants, Jourdanie and Le Pouget.


The economy is rural and traditionally was based on the raising of sheep to produce milk for sheep cheeses such as Roquefort. The agriculture has diversified into the raising of veal calves.

Barrage du Truel[edit]

The Tarn has been dammed there and electricity is generated by two Kaplan turbines producing 27 KW.[1]

Le Pouget[edit]

Adjacent to the Barrage du Truel at 275 metres, is the Le Pouget power station. It is powered by waters from the Lévézou plateau delivered by penstocks from the Lac de Villefranche-de-Panat and the Lac de Saint-Amans both at 727 m. Le Pouget delivers 440 MW.[1]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 349 —    
1968 473 +35.5%
1975 418 −11.6%
1982 445 +6.5%
1990 384 −13.7%
1999 369 −3.9%
2008 345 −6.5%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hydroweb Pouget, French, accessed 2012-09-26