Centrale De Schneider Power Plant, France

A 1950s power station in France containing three huge turbine and generator sets. The plant closed in 2013.

Centrale de Schneider, France
 

History of Centrale De Schneider Power Station

Opening in the late 1950s Centrale De Schneider was a coal-fired power station in France. The original configuration two turbines made by Cie Electro-Mecanique (the French subsidiary of Brown Boveri) was expanded in the 1970s with the addition of a Rateau-Schneider generator set, bringing the total capacity up to half a gigawatt. The Electro-Mecanique turbines were retired in the early 1990s and all the associated equipment has since been removed. The power station ceased generation a few years ago when the Rateau-Schneider was also taken offline.

Our Visit
The turbines here were amongst the biggest Spider Monkey and I have seen. The Rateau-Schneider alternator was absolutely huge, stretching out for what seemed like miles in front of its turbine set. The newer control room had been modernised with the addition a few computer screens, but most remained in its original 1970s form and still had plenty of lights and indicators blinking away.

Most of the lights in the turbine hall were off, but the control room was lit-up and there was just about enough light around the turbines to get a few shots.

 

Rateau Schneider Turbines and Generator set

Centrale de Schneider, France - Turbine set with huge alternator

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Centrale de Schneider, France – Turbine set with huge alternator

Centrale de Schneider, France - Rateau-Schneider nameplate

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Centrale de Schneider, France – Rateau-Schneider nameplate

Centrale de Schneider - The huge alternator

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Centrale de Schneider – The huge alternator

Centrale de Schneider - Square turbines

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Centrale de Schneider – Square turbines

Centrale de Schneider, France - The huge Rateau-Schneider Set

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Centrale de Schneider, France – The huge Rateau-Schneider Set

 

Cie Electro-Mecanique Turbine Sets

Centrale de Schneider, France - Control panel on the end of the turbine

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Centrale de Schneider, France – Control panel on the end of the turbine

Centrale de Schneider - Cie Electro-Mecanique Nameplate

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Cie Electro-Mecanique Nameplate

Centrale de Schneider - Older turbines

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Centrale de Schneider – Older turbines

Centrale de Schneider - One of the two Cie Electro-Mecanique turbines

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Centrale de Schneider – One of the two Cie Electro-Mecanique turbines

 

Control Room

Centrale de Schneider - 1970s control room with yellow panels

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Centrale de Schneider – 1970s control room with yellow panels

Centrale de Schneider, France - Panel detail

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Centrale de Schneider, France – Panel detail

Centrale de Schneider, France - Control room

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Centrale de Schneider, France – Control room

Centrale de Schneider - The control room still had plenty of flashing lights

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Centrale de Schneider – The control room still had plenty of flashing lights

 

Boiler House and other equipment

Centrale de Schneider, France - View from the turbine hall

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Centrale de Schneider, France – View from the turbine hall

Centrale de Schneider, France - These large machines were below the turbine

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Centrale de Schneider, France – These large machines were below the turbine

Centrale de Schneider - Big Pipes

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Centrale de Schneider – Big Pipes

Centrale de Schneider - Boiler house

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Centrale de Schneider – Boiler house

Centrale de Schneider, France - Tall tanks

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Centrale de Schneider, France – Tall tanks

Centrale de Schneider, France - Fisheye Flue Pipes

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Centrale de Schneider, France – Fisheye Flue Pipes

Centrale de Schneider - Boiler house

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Centrale de Schneider – Boiler house

Power Station Chimney and Cooling Tower

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Power Station Chimney and Cooling Tower

Centrale de Schneider - Power Station external

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Centrale de Schneider – Power Station external

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