Powerplant X

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This is Powerplant X, an old power plant. The central unit belongs to a blast furnace that is still being used. This power plant is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen so far. Probably also the oldest. The central is currently being renovated. It is likely that a museum will be made.

This powerplant has had my interest for a very long time. So, in order to photograph the building in a fairly original state time was running out. The powerplant is not nearby by so we had to get up early. After a few hours we arrived at the blast furnaces. These can be found on an enormous site. Somewhere on this huge site, we should find the power plant , but where? We parked our car and went out for search. When we inspected the area, we saw a possible entrance. We climbed across the fence, went thrugh the bushes and came out at the central heating plant. Fortunately, there was a window open where we could enter.


The Coal Fired Powerplant

The modern powerplant had been abandoned for a while. The big pipes, ever used for transporting the hot steam, were everywhere. At the bottom of the building we found the furnaces. There were still some boilers from Stein & Roubaix. There was also a small turbine hall but this was already completely empty. In the 40’s, the use of coal-fired power stations started to make the gas turbines unnecessary. We had seen the boiler room with some control rooms. So soon looking for the big hall with the gas turbines.

These were somewhat more difficult to find than we thought before. We saw people at work everywhere so we had to be careful not being seen. Fortunately nobody saw us. Suddenly we saw the hall where we actually came for. The big turbine hall. I knew how it looked from the outside. Fortunately the door was just open so we took a careful look inside. When we got to the door we saw people in the hall at work. So we had to wait for a moment when it was quiet to slip out of sight.


The 1899 Gas Turbine Hall

This turbine hall was taken into production in 1899. In this old hall there were once 9 gas turbines with a capacity of 900PK each. They were produced by Cockerill. Today, unfortunately, there is only one left. These are the largest gas turbines ever produced by Cockerill.

Further down the hall are the largest gas turbines. Each delivered a total of 11,000 HP and were produced by Ehrhardt & Sehmer from Saarbrücken. They were taken in production in 1938. With its 4 cylinders it was able to generate 6000Kw of electricity. In 1979 these turbines were taken out of production. In the 40’s of the last century, the more efficient steam turbines came into circulation, making the use of gas turbines unnecessary.

The gas turbines used blast furnace gas. A by-product that remained after the production of coke produced elsewhere on the site.

After an hour I we had to leave for the workers getting back to work. We went home with some nice pictures ready to get edited for publishing on this site. I hope you will enjoy!



Is Powerplant X easy to access?

The entire site is protected by high fences. Entering is quite difficult. Because the terrain is quite large there can always be holes found in the fences. The blast furnaces are still in use and people are working everywhere. So it’s almost impossible to get out of perspective. This is not a place where you can go without proper preparation.

Is Powerplant X worth the visit?

Powerplant X is one of the most beautiful locations I have ever photographed. This one was high on my list. The big old gas turbines are as impressive as I had hoped before. This location is definitely worth the effort!

What is the location of Powerplant X?

Powerplant X is somewhere on the site of a blast furnace. I never give the exact location or GPS coordinates.

Is there security atPowerplant X?

The steelworks is still in active production so security people is checking the site. Entering the site is very difficult!

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