Cockerill-Sambre “Blue” Power Plant, Charleroi, Belgium

Cockerill-Sambre Coke Works Power Station, Charleroi, Belgium

A power station for a large steel-works in Belgium with a huge array of turbines, all of differing ages and designs.

Visited January 2015  Belgium Charleroi, Belgium Abandoned

Positioned on the same site as a coke-works, forming part of the vast, now abandoned Cockerill-Sambre steelworks in Charleroi is this rather special power station. The boiler house is a relatively standard affair, fired by a combination of natural gas and coke gas, a by-product of coke production. The boilers had some quite interesting looking bits.

The turbine hall is where things start to get really interesting. An array of turbines are laid out in various configurations throughout the large space. Some of the turbines were real classics of varying ages, and ranging in output from 6.5MW to 75MW. Two of my favourites were an ancient Ingersoll Rand turbine with black cladding and a big blue Escher Wyss, the newest of all the turbines. Other turbines included designs from Alsthom, ACEC and the first Oerlikon I have seen.

Each of the varying designs of turbine were installed at different times. The Escher Wyss had its own boiler house which appeared to be in an extension to the original building, presumably built specifically to power the huge new turbine.

Blue Power Plant - Base of one of the boilers
Blue Power Plant – Base of one of the boilers
Cockerill-Sambre - Gauges on boiler
Cockerill-Sambre – Gauges on boiler
 
Cockerill-Sambre - Boiler pipes
Cockerill-Sambre – Boiler pipes
Blue Power Plant - One of the large boilers
Blue Power Plant – One of the large boilers
Blue Power Plant - Huge pipes on the boiler house upper floors
Blue Power Plant – Huge pipes on the boiler house upper floors
Blue Power Plant - Pipes above boilers
Blue Power Plant – Pipes above boilers
 
Blue Power Plant - The turbine hall
Blue Power Plant – The turbine hall
Blue Power Plant - Gauges and turbines
Blue Power Plant – Gauges and turbines
Blue Power Plant - Oerlikon turbine
Blue Power Plant – Oerlikon turbine
Blue Power Plant - Classic Ingersoll Rand turbine
Blue Power Plant – Classic Ingersoll Rand turbine
Blue Power Plant - End of the Ingersoll Rand
Blue Power Plant – End of the Ingersoll Rand
 
Blue Power Plant - Ingersoll Rand detail
Blue Power Plant – Ingersoll Rand detail
Blue Power Plant - Big Escher Wyss turbine
Blue Power Plant – Big Escher Wyss turbine
Blue Power Plant - There were several of these ACEC turbines
Blue Power Plant – There were several of these ACEC turbines
Blue Power Plant - Side view of an ACEC turbine
Blue Power Plant – Side view of an ACEC turbine
Blue Power Plant - Overview of the turbine hall
Blue Power Plant – Overview of the turbine hall
Blue Power Plant - Turbine detail
Blue Power Plant – Turbine detail
 
Blue Power Plant - Gauges and panels
Blue Power Plant – Gauges and panels
Blue Power Plant - Station in the control room
Blue Power Plant – Station in the control room
Blue Power Plant - Control panel in the control room
Blue Power Plant – Control panel in the control room

 

Further viewing
If you liked this report please also check out Darbians' Blue Power Station report on his website.
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