Richemont Power Plant, Lorraine, France

A large abandoned power station in France with big white turbines.

Richemont Power Plant, France
 

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History of the abandoned Richemont Power Plant

Richemont Power Plant was commissioned in 1955 with three turbines. A further two turbines were added bringing the capacity of the plant up to 415 megawatts.

Although capable of running on diesel or coal, the primary fuel source was blast furnace gas, a by-product of iron production. Richemont gas plant was built to replace the small-scale power plants at a number of iron and steel works in the region, centralising electricity production. A network of pipelines were built to transport from the gasses from each of the steelworks.

The availability of blast furnace gas dropped, as did demand for electricity as gradually the iron works ceased production, and as a result the Richemont station was closed in 2009.

 

Richemont Power Plant - Turbine hall with white turbine

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Richemont Power Plant – Turbine hall with white turbine

Richemont Power Plant - Big white turbine

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Richemont Power Plant – Big white turbine

Richemont Power Plant - Turbine

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Richemont Power Plant – Turbine

Richemont Power Plant - Guages

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Richemont Power Plant – Guages

Richemont Power Plant - Pretty eyes

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Richemont Power Plant – Pretty eyes

Richemont Power Plant - Side view with boiler face

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Richemont Power Plant – Side view with boiler face

Richemont Power Plant - Machinery around turbine

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Richemont Power Plant – Machinery around turbine

Richemont Power Plant - Machinery

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Richemont Power Plant – Machinery

Richemont Power Plant - Twin Tanks

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Richemont Power Plant – Twin Tanks

Richemont Power Plant - Large orange tanks

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Richemont Power Plant – Large orange tanks

Richemont Power Plant - Rows of machines

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Richemont Power Plant – Rows of machines

Richemont Power Plant - Storage tanks

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Richemont Power Plant – Storage tanks

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