HF4 Vintage Power Plant, Cockerill Sambre Steelworks, Charleroi, Belgium

The original power plant at Cockerill Sambre’s HF4 Blast Furnace in Charleroi, Belgium contained two turbines, with an additional three turbines in the extension building.

Cockerill Sambre HF4 Power Plant
 

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The Cockerill Sambre steel plant in Charleroi has had a number of power stations over the years. Possibly the earliest to be erected on the site is still there, and is a fine example of early installations at steelworks, featuring two turbine generators and a corresponding pair of rotary converters.

The turbine alternators produced AC electricity, however in the early 1900s much of the machinery at the time required DC current to operate. Steel mills in particular required large amounts of on-site DC power for their main roll drive motors, so rotary converters such as those in this power station were employed. Rotary converters were phased out around 1930 due to the emergence of mercury arc rectifiers. This means, as is also clear from the aesthetic design, the machinery can be dated to somewhere between 1904 (when their manufacturer ACEC was formed) to 1930.

The original Cockerill Sambre power plant at HF4 Blast Furnace

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The original Cockerill Sambre power plant at HF4 Blast Furnace

The power plant has been popular with urban explorers, and is often referred to as “Wet Dogs”. I visited the plant a while after it appeared on various websites, mainly out of my own interest rather than to photograph the site for a report. Some of the machinery had been pulled to pieces by metal thieves. However, I discovered there to be another turbine hall, interconnected to the main building that I hadn’t seen on the internet before. For that reason, I have decided to post a report of the whole plant.

The power plant was eventually retired as it aged, and was replaced with a new power station often reffered to as the Blue Power Plant.

HF4 Blast Furnace, Charleroi, BelgiumTake a look around HF4 Blast Furnace

The power plant provided electricity for the HF4 Blast Furnace. Have a look at my report from HF4 for more photos and information.

HF4 Blast Furnace, Charleroi, Belgium

 

 

Original Turbines and Rotary Converters

HF4 Power Plant - Rotary Converters and Turbines

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HF4 Power Plant – Rotary Converters and Turbines

HF4 Power Plant - Rotary Converters and Turbines

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HF4 Power Plant – Rotary Converters and Turbines

HF4 Power Plant - Rotary Converters

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HF4 Power Plant – Rotary Converters

HF4 Power Plant - Rotary Converters and Turbine

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HF4 Power Plant – Rotary Converters and Turbine

HF4 Power Plant - Vintage Turbine

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HF4 Power Plant – Vintage Turbine

HF4 Power Plant - Vintage Turbine close-up

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HF4 Power Plant – Vintage Turbine close-up

HF4 Power Plant - Vintage Alternator close-up

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HF4 Power Plant – Vintage Alternator close-up

HF4 Power Plant - Vintage Alternator detail

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HF4 Power Plant – Vintage Alternator detail

HF4 Power Plant - Vintage Alternator detail

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HF4 Power Plant – Vintage Alternator detail

 

Blowers and and Control Panels

The level behind the rotary conveyors housed the blowers which were responsible for blowing air into the blast furnace. Directly behind the blowers, the control panels were also located on this level.

HF4 Power Plant - View from between the turbines down the hall towards the blowers and control panels

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HF4 Power Plant – View from between the turbines down the hall towards the blowers and control panels

HF4 Power Plant - Blower/Compressor

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HF4 Power Plant – Blower/Compressor

HF4 Power Plant - The compressors provided air for the blast furnace

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HF4 Power Plant – The compressors provided air for the blast furnace

HF4 Power Plant - Control panels

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HF4 Power Plant – Control panels

HF4 Power Plant - Gauges and panels

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HF4 Power Plant – Gauges and panels

HF4 Power Plant - Gauges and panels

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HF4 Power Plant – Gauges and panels

 

Extension Turbine Hall

The second turbine hall had been added at a later date as power requirements of the steelworks increased.

HF4 Power Plant - Turbines in the extension hall

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HF4 Power Plant – Turbines in the extension hall

HF4 Power Plant - Turbines in the extension hall

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HF4 Power Plant – Turbines in the extension hall

HF4 Power Plant - ACEC Turbine in the extension

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HF4 Power Plant – ACEC Turbine in the extension

HF4 Power Plant - ACEC Alternator

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HF4 Power Plant – ACEC Alternator

HF4 Power Plant - Brown Boveri alternator

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HF4 Power Plant – Brown Boveri alternator

HF4 Power Plant - Between the Brown Boveri and ACEC Turbines

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HF4 Power Plant – Between the Brown Boveri and ACEC Turbines

HF4 Power Plant - The three turbines in the extension

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HF4 Power Plant – The three turbines in the extension

HF4 Power Plant - Half of this unit had been removed

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HF4 Power Plant – Half of this unit had been removed

HF4 Power Plant - Ground floor of the extension

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HF4 Power Plant – Ground floor of the extension

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