Terre Rouge Silos and Central Thermique, Luxembourg

Terre Rouge was a large steel works in Luxembourg. The iron-ore silos remain with a nice reflection in the water below, and the sites power plant, Central Thermique remains.

Terre Rouge and Central Thermique, Luxembourg
 

History of Terre Rouge and Central Thermique

Terre Rouge was a huge iron works in Luxembourg. The factory opened in 1872, as one of may in the area, and was upgraded to produce steel in the 1880s.

The steel industry in the area flourished and Luxembourg became one of Europe’s largest manufactures of steel. In the 1950s it was discovered that the gasses released during the melting of iron during steel production could be used to produce electricity. The Central Thermique power station was built in 1951 specifically to utilise this ground-breaking technique.

During the 1990s Luxembourg saw a decline in the steel industry and the blast furnaces throughout the region began to close. Central Thermique ultimately also closed down, one day after the last blast furnace ceased production in 1997.

Nowadays all that remains of Terre Rouge is the power plant and and the iron-ore silos, abandoned and derelict.

Our Visit
I’d seen photos of the iron-ore silos and the reflection in the water below years ago and always wanted to visit. Although there isn’t much of the site left, the reflection produces a nice effect. The power plant is currently being dismantled, and some of the most impressive parts had been removed, and the turbines were covered in graffiti. This was still an enjoyable visit with Darbains, Kriegaffe9 and Proj3ct M4yh3m.

 

Turbine Hall

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - View down the turbine hall
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – View down the turbine hall

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Turbine covered in graffiti
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Turbine covered in graffiti

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Turbine
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Turbine

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Turbine Hall
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Turbine Hall

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Turbine Hall viewed from the end
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Turbine Hall viewed from the end

 

Boiler House

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Giant steel walls of the boiler
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Giant steel walls of the boiler

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Looking up at huge pipes in the boiler house
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Looking up at huge pipes in the boiler house

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Boiler face
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Boiler face

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Pipes
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Pipes

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Pipes and tanks
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Pipes and tanks

 

Control Room

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Panels in the control room
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Panels in the control room

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Control Room
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Control Room

Central Thermique, Luxembourg - Control panels
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Central Thermique, Luxembourg – Control panels

 

Terre Rouge Iron Ore Silos

Terre Rouge, Luxembourg - Iron Ore Silos
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Terre Rouge, Luxembourg – Iron Ore Silos

Terre Rouge, Luxembourg - Silo reflections
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Terre Rouge, Luxembourg – Silo reflections

Terre Rouge, Luxembourg - Silos and water
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Terre Rouge, Luxembourg – Silos and water

Terre Rouge, Luxembourg - The silos make great reflections in the water below
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Terre Rouge, Luxembourg – The silos make great reflections in the water below

 

Further viewing
If you liked this report please also check out Proj3ct M4yh3m's Terre Rouge and Central Thermique Report or Darbians' Terre Rouge Report on their websites.

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