Centrale De Schneider Power Plant, France

Centrale de Schneider, France

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

Visited January 2016  France France Closed

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.

Rateau Schneider Turbines and Generator set

Centrale de Schneider, France - Turbine set with huge alternator
Centrale de Schneider, France – Turbine set with huge alternator
Centrale de Schneider, France - Rateau-Schneider nameplate
Centrale de Schneider, France – Rateau-Schneider nameplate
Centrale de Schneider - The huge alternator
Centrale de Schneider – The huge alternator
 
Centrale de Schneider - Square turbines
Centrale de Schneider – Square turbines
Centrale de Schneider, France - The huge Rateau-Schneider Set
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
Centrale de Schneider, France – Control panel on the end of the turbine
Centrale de Schneider - Cie Electro-Mecanique Nameplate
Cie Electro-Mecanique Nameplate
 
Centrale de Schneider - Older turbines
Centrale de Schneider – Older turbines
Centrale de Schneider - One of the two Cie Electro-Mecanique turbines
Centrale de Schneider – One of the two Cie Electro-Mecanique turbines

 

Control Room

Centrale de Schneider - 1970s control room with yellow panels
Centrale de Schneider – 1970s control room with yellow panels
Centrale de Schneider, France - Panel detail
Centrale de Schneider, France – Panel detail
 
Centrale de Schneider, France - Control room
Centrale de Schneider, France – Control room
Centrale de Schneider - The control room still had plenty of flashing lights
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
Centrale de Schneider, France – View from the turbine hall
Centrale de Schneider, France - These large machines were below the turbine
Centrale de Schneider, France – These large machines were below the turbine
Centrale de Schneider - Big Pipes
Centrale de Schneider – Big Pipes
 
Centrale de Schneider - Boiler house
Centrale de Schneider – Boiler house
Centrale de Schneider, France - Tall tanks
Centrale de Schneider, France – Tall tanks
Centrale de Schneider, France - Fisheye Flue Pipes
Centrale de Schneider, France – Fisheye Flue Pipes
Centrale de Schneider - Boiler house
Centrale de Schneider – Boiler house
 
Power Station Chimney and Cooling Tower
Power Station Chimney and Cooling Tower
Centrale de Schneider - Power Station external
Centrale de Schneider – Power Station external
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