IM Powerplant

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This is IM Powerplant an abandoned powerstation in Belgium. It was originally built in 1921. When it was finished, it was one of the largest coal burning power plants in Belgium.


Water would be let into the IM Cooling Tower, where it would be cooled by the wind that swept in from portals in the base of the tower, releasing billowing columns of hot air.


By 1977, the power plant and its massive tower was the main source of energy in the Charleroi area and is said to have been able to cool down 480,000 gallons of water per minute. During the 1970s, new components were even added to the power plant that could also use gas power. However, the power plant’s days in the sun were numbered.


Following years of service, a report found that Power Plant IM was responsible for 10 percent of the total carbon dioxide emissions in Belgium. Due to this, protests from Greenpeace in 2006 gave the power plant a lot of negative attention and it closed in 2007.


After it was closed down, there were reports of looting by metal scrappers. Today security guards are often posted on site—a fact that has not deterred many an urban explorer from investigating the cooling tower’s moss-coated innards.

Is IM Powerplant easy accessible?
IM Powerplant is quite difficult to access. Because it is a well-known place for urban explorers as pictures on the internet often appear. If you are lucky you will find some holes in the fences to admire the plant from the inside

Is IM Powerplant worth the visit?
IM Powerplant is a well-known urbex location. Because of this fame, there is also a lot of vandalism taking place. The power station has already been largely stripped of metal. Nevertheless, it remains a nice location to visit.

What is the location of IM Powerplant?
IM Powerplant is located in Belgium. It’s not common to share urban locations also in this case I won’t. A little googling is usually enough to find this beautiful place.

Is there security surveilance at IM Powerplant?
We didn’t see any security when we were at the site. If you are lucky you won’t get caught!

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