Tag Archive | Cokes

Puits DQ (France)

Abandoned coal mine and cokes plant in France. Years of abandonment have put this industrial mastodon in a perilous state of decay. The rusty platforms and staircases could collapse any minute. Luckily the place is well secured and closed off to the outside world.

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Centrale Thermique Terres Rouges (Luxembourg)

Abandoned power station in the industrial heart of Luxembourg. Already in the 1870s, four furnaces were built in the region. Since then, many blast furnaces have been added, which led to the blossoming of the Luxembourg steel industry and turned it into one of the largest in Europe. Originally, only the gas which was produced by the creation of cokes was used to generate electricity – next to, evidently older techniques which existed already. Later on, however, a new process was discovered to convert the furnace gas, which was released by the melting of the steel, into electricity. In 1951, the Centrale Thermique was built, which allowed to apply this newly developed technique and thus provide electricity for the surrounding industry. When the last furnace in the region was shut down in 1997, the power station lost its purpose and was left abandoned. It soon became a hotspot for copper thieves and graffiti sprayers. The building will soon be demolished.

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Zeche Zollverein (Germany)

World Cultural Heritage site. The colliery and coking plant were built in the 1920’s by Schupp and Kremmer. The factory started in 1932 and closed down in 1986.

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Kokerei Hansa (Germany)

Built in 1928. This big coking plant closed down in 1992.

Cokerie d’Anderlues (Belgium)

One of the last remaining coking plants in Belgium. Built in 1904. Had to close its doors in 2002.

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