Gigawatt Power Plant, Belgium

Gigawatt power station opened in 1960s and grew to be Belgium’s largest thermal power plant. The now-decommissioned plant is seriously huge!

Gigawatt Power Plant, Belgium
 

Gigawatt Power Station (aka Power Plant XL or the Cloud Factory) was Belgium’s largest thermal power plant. It is seriously huge! The plant had been expanded numerous times over the years since it opened in the 1960s with two turbine sets. As demand increased further turbines were added and by the 1990s the turbine hall contained six sets. Modern heat-recovery techniques were added to attempt to increase efficiency, however they failed to provide a sustainable future for the plant forcing it to close in 2012.

This was the first stop on the “Missing Man Tour” along with Proj3ct M4yh3m and Kriegaffe9. Our visit was cut short when a team of workers descended upon the plant and we decided to bail as the risk of getting caught was becoming far too high. Still, this place was epic! Such an enjoyable visit to this huge site, we were overwhelmed by the size.

Gigawatt Power Plant - Turbine Hall

Gigawatt Power Plant – Turbine Hall

Gigawatt Power Plant - Red Escher Wyss turbine

Gigawatt Power Plant – Red Escher Wyss turbine

Gigawatt Power Plant - Lots of pipes!

Gigawatt Power Plant – Lots of pipes!

Gigawatt Power Plant - Dials and gauges in turbine hall

Gigawatt Power Plant – Dials and gauges in turbine hall

Gigawatt Power Plant - Escher Wyss turbine nameplate detail

Gigawatt Power Plant – Escher Wyss turbine nameplate detail

Gigawatt Power Plant - Escher Wyss turbine square on view

Gigawatt Power Plant – Escher Wyss turbine square on view

Gigawatt Power Plant - End of turbine hall

Gigawatt Power Plant – End of turbine hall

Gigawatt Power Plant - Hanging around

Gigawatt Power Plant – Hanging around

Gigawatt Power Plant - Turbine hall overview - It's huge!

Gigawatt Power Plant – Turbine hall overview – It’s huge!

Gigawatt Power Plant - Turbine hall overview looking the other way

Gigawatt Power Plant – Turbine hall overview looking the other way

Gigawatt Power Plant - Even the fisheye doesn't get all of this place in

Gigawatt Power Plant – Even the fisheye doesn’t get all of this place in

Gigawatt Power Plant - Desk in control room

Gigawatt Power Plant – Desk in control room

Gigawatt Power Plant - Control room

Gigawatt Power Plant – Control room

Gigawatt Power Plant - Mmmmmm! Pipe Porn!

Gigawatt Power Plant – Mmmmmm! Pipe Porn!

Gigawatt Power Plant - Square pipes

Gigawatt Power Plant – Square pipes

Gigawatt Power Plant - More pipes

Gigawatt Power Plant – More pipes

Gigawatt Power Plant - Big tanks

Gigawatt Power Plant – Big tanks

Gigawatt Power Plant - Spare parts storage srea

Gigawatt Power Plant – Spare parts storage srea

Gigawatt Power Plant - Boiler face

Gigawatt Power Plant – Boiler face

Gigawatt Power Plant - External from roof

Gigawatt Power Plant – External from roof

Gigawatt Power Plant - Sunburst external

Gigawatt Power Plant – Sunburst external

Gigawatt Power Plant - External with cooling tower and chimneys

Gigawatt Power Plant – External with cooling tower and chimneys

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