HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium

HF4 Blast Furnace, Charleroi, Belgium

An abandoned blast furnace in Belgium with fantastic views from the top across the huge surrounding industrial site.

Visited August 2015  Belgium Charleroi, Belgium Abandoned

History of HF4 Blast Furnace

Haut Fourneau 4, commonly known as just HF4 was part of the Cockerill-Sambre steel works, a vast industrial site in Belgium. Steel has been produced at the site since the early 1800’s. The blast furnace was used for smelting iron ore, and was the major technique used for the production of steel at the time. The iron and steel produced at HF4 was mainly used for car production, an industry that almost collapsed in 2008. Production at the steel works was halted and the plant placed on standby. The facility was sold to another company, however production was never restarted and in 2012 the site was closed down after a failed merger.

HF4 Turbo Blower House, Belgium - One of the two BBC generatorsHF4 Turbo Blower House

We headed back to the site a few months later to look at a building we had missed on our first visit. The building was the Turbo Blower House, containing the blast furnace’s huge compressors. Take a look at my report from the HF4 Turbo Blower House.

 

HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - The blast furnace towering into the sky
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – The blast furnace towering into the sky
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Inside the blast furnace building
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – Inside the blast furnace building
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - The "Brain" at the base of the blast furnace
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – The “Brain” at the base of the blast furnace
HF4 Blast Furnace - Pipes around the base
HF4 Blast Furnace – Pipes around the base
 
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Work space
HF4 Blast Furnace – Work space
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - View from the other side
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – View from the other side
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Ground level equipment
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – Ground level equipment
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Equipment
HF4 Blast Furnace – Equipment
 
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Rows of pipes
HF4 Blast Furnace – Rows of pipes

Control room

HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Control room
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – Control room
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Control panels
HF4 Blast Furnace – Control panels
 
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Control room
HF4 Blast Furnace – Control room

Heading up the blast furnace

HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Looking up the huge structure
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – Looking up the huge structure
HF4 Blast Furnace - Huge structure
HF4 Blast Furnace – Huge structure
 
HF4 Blast Furnace - Big pipes
HF4 Blast Furnace – Big pipes
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - There were plenty of walkways around big tanks
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – There were plenty of walkways around big tanks
HF4 Blast Furnace - At the top
HF4 Blast Furnace – At the top
 
HF4 Blast Furnace - Winding wheel
HF4 Blast Furnace – Winding wheel

Views across the site

HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Industrial landscape
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – Industrial landscape
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - View down to the buildings below
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – View down to the buildings below
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Looking down
HF4 Blast Furnace – Looking down
 
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Lots of industry
HF4 Blast Furnace – Lots of industry
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - Back on the ground looking out
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – Back on the ground looking out
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium - The railway transported coal and iron ore to the site
HF4 Blast Furnace, Belgium – The railway transported coal and iron ore to the site
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