Blue Power Plant, Charleroi, Belgium

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

Cockerill-Sambre Coke Works Power Station, Charleroi, Belgium
 

Positioned on the same site as a coke-works, forming part of the vast, now abandoned Cockerill-Sambre steelworks 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.

This was such an interesting visit with Spider Monkey because of all the variation. Easily one of my favourites of all the power stations we’ve visited.

Blue Power Plant - Base of one of the boilers

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Blue Power Plant – Base of one of the boilers

Cockerill-Sambre - Gauges on boiler

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Cockerill-Sambre – Gauges on boiler

Cockerill-Sambre - Boiler pipes

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Cockerill-Sambre – Boiler pipes

Blue Power Plant - One of the large boilers

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Blue Power Plant – One of the large boilers

Blue Power Plant - Huge pipes on the boiler house upper floors

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Blue Power Plant – Huge pipes on the boiler house upper floors

Blue Power Plant - Pipes above boilers

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Blue Power Plant – Pipes above boilers

Blue Power Plant - The turbine hall

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Blue Power Plant – The turbine hall

Blue Power Plant - Gauges and turbines

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Blue Power Plant – Gauges and turbines

Blue Power Plant - Oerlikon turbine

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Blue Power Plant – Oerlikon turbine

Blue Power Plant - Classic Ingersoll Rand turbine

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Blue Power Plant – Classic Ingersoll Rand turbine

Blue Power Plant - End of the Ingersoll Rand

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Blue Power Plant – End of the Ingersoll Rand

Blue Power Plant - Ingersoll Rand detail

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Blue Power Plant – Ingersoll Rand detail

Blue Power Plant - Big Escher Wyss turbine

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Blue Power Plant – Big Escher Wyss turbine

Blue Power Plant - There were several of these ACEC turbines

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Blue Power Plant – There were several of these ACEC turbines

Blue Power Plant - Side view of an ACEC turbine

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Blue Power Plant – Side view of an ACEC turbine

Blue Power Plant - Overview of the turbine hall

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Blue Power Plant – Overview of the turbine hall

Blue Power Plant - Turbine detail

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Blue Power Plant – Turbine detail

Blue Power Plant - Gauges and panels

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Blue Power Plant – Gauges and panels

Blue Power Plant - Station in the control room

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Blue Power Plant – Station in the control room

Blue Power Plant - Control panel in the control room

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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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