Powerhouse / Compressor Hall at Ford Assembly Plant, Genk, Belgium

Ford Genk Powerhouse

The powerhouse at the Ford assembly plant in Genk, Belgium was later used as a compressor hall. The boilers and control room were still utilised until closure in 2014.

Visited June 2017 Genk, Belgium Demolition ongoing

The Ford Motor Company opened their Body & Assembly plant in Genk, Belgium in the early 1960s. The site spanned 140 acres and employed 4,300 workers in 2014.

It would appear the original generating sets have been removed at some point. As the factory developed and relied on electricity to a much greater degree than when originally built, the ageing power station wouldn’t have kept up with demand. Instead of expanding, the generating sets were removed, and supplies from the grid were instead used.

At the time of closure, the turbine hall contained an array of four compressors. The oldest of these are 2 Demag VK12 compressors driven by ACEC electric motors. A further VK12 was added at a later date driven by a Schorch 1350KW generator. Finally, in 1996 a fourth compressor was added, also driven by a Schorch 1350KW machine but with a more modern design.

Ford Genk Powerhouse - Compressors in the old turbine hall
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Compressors in the old turbine hall

The boiler house consisted of three Standardkessel boilers, plus two smaller boilers which were a later addition. The primary function of the boilers was to provide process steam and heating to the main factory. The boilers were all gas-fired.

Between the turbine hall and boiler house stood the control room. This had also been modified over time to accommodate controls for the compressors instead of the original turbines.

Ford announced in October 2012 that it was planning to close its Genk plant at the end of 2014 in response to longstanding over-capacity problems in Europe. In June 2017 demolition of the expansive site began. The demolition will continue until June 2018, and most of the power plant building has already been demolished.

Compressor Hall

Ford Genk Powerhouse - General view of the turbine / compressor hall
Ford Genk Powerhouse – General view of the turbine / compressor hall
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Unit 1 Demag compressor with ACEC motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Unit 1 Demag compressor with ACEC motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Demag compressor end view
Ford Genk Powerhouse –
Demag compressor end view
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Unit 3 compressor
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Unit 3 compressor
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Unit 2 compressor and motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Unit 2 compressor and motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Unit 2 motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Unit 2 motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Unit 4 compressor and Schorch motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Unit 4 compressor and Schorch motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Unit 4 Schorch motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Unit 4 Schorch motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Unit 4 Schorch motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Unit 4 Schorch motor
Ford Genk Powerhouse - View down the hall
Ford Genk Powerhouse – View down the hall
Ford Genk Powerhouse - View down the hall
Ford Genk Powerhouse – View down the hall

 

Control Room

Ford Genk Powerhouse - View down the control room
Ford Genk Powerhouse – View down the control room
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Boiler control panels
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Boiler control panels
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Control panels in the control room
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Control panels in the control room
Ford Genk Powerhouse - View looking towards compressors
Ford Genk Powerhouse – View looking towards compressors
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Ford logo on compressor control panel
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Ford logo on compressor control panel
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Boiler control station
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Boiler control station

 

Boiler House

Ford Genk Powerhouse - Boiler viewed from ground level
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Boiler viewed from ground level
Ford Genk Powerhouse - View of the three main units
Ford Genk Powerhouse – View of the three main units
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Boiler unit 2
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Boiler unit 2
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Steam pipes
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Steam pipes
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Steam pipes
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Steam pipes
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Pipes, pumps and valves
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Pipes, pumps and valves
Ford Genk Powerhouse - Babcock gauge panel
Ford Genk Powerhouse – Babcock gauge panel

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