Power Plant at a Paper Mill, France

Power Plant at a Paper Mill, France

The power plant of a paper mill that closed in 2014 but had been maintained in the hope it would re-open. The mill is now back in use.

Visited April 2018  France Pas-de-Calais, France Now re-opened

The French paper mill shut down in 2014, but a few dedicated workers stayed at the site to look after it, hopeful that one day the mill would be bought and put back into use. The workers kept things running and maintained, and tried their best to ensure the site was secure. We had a good look through the older parts of the site, which are now either empty or used as storage for what can only be described as a load of old tat. The site’s power station was the most interesting bit.

More recently it has turned out the worker’s efforts in maintaining the mill have paid off. The site has been sold and is now back into use.

Exterior of the paper mill
Exterior of the paper mill
Paper Mill Power Plant - Inside the turbine hall
Paper Mill Power Plant – Inside the turbine hall
Paper Mill Power Plant - Electro Mecanique 1732 KW Turbo Alternator
Paper Mill Power Plant – Electro Mecanique 1732 KW Turbo Alternator
Paper Mill Power Plant - Electro Mecanique 1732 KW Turbo Alternator
Paper Mill Power Plant – Electro Mecanique 1732 KW Turbo Alternator
Paper Mill Power Plant - Electro Mecanique 1732 KW Turbo Alternator
Paper Mill Power Plant – Electro Mecanique 1732 KW Turbo Alternator
Paper Mill Power Plant - This was the oldest of the two turbines
Paper Mill Power Plant – This was the oldest of the two turbines
Paper Mill Power Plant - One more view of the grey turbine
Paper Mill Power Plant – One more view of the grey turbine
Paper Mill Power Plant - Siemens 4000 KW Turbo Alternator
Paper Mill Power Plant – Siemens 4000 KW Turbo Alternator
Paper Mill Power Plant - This turbine was bigger and a bit newer
Paper Mill Power Plant – This turbine was bigger and a bit newer
Paper Mill Power Plant - End view of the blue turbine
Paper Mill Power Plant – End view of the blue turbine
Paper Mill Power Plant - The Siemens turbine was running when we visited
Paper Mill Power Plant – The Siemens turbine was running when we visited
Paper Mill Power Plant - Another view of the Siemens turbine
Paper Mill Power Plant – Another view of the Siemens turbine
Paper Mill Power Plant - This panel was showing a problem and sounding an alarm when we first arrived, but someone had been in to reset it when we returned later
Paper Mill Power Plant – This panel was showing a problem and sounding an alarm when we first arrived, but someone had been in to reset it when we returned later
Paper Mill Power Plant - The gas burner that replaced the old coal boilers
Paper Mill Power Plant – The gas burner that replaced the old coal boilers
Paper Mill Power Plant - Some bits of equipment remained in the old bits, but not much
Paper Mill Power Plant – Some bits of equipment remained in the old bits, but not much
Paper Mill Power Plant - I think these mash up paper for recycling
Paper Mill Power Plant – I think these mash up paper for recycling
Paper Mill Power Plant - One of the old, empty warehouses​
Paper Mill Power Plant – One of the old, empty warehouses​
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