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    Default Power-plant IM Cooling Tower, Charleroi, Belgium, April 2018


    1. The History
    Power Plant IM was originally built in 1921 in the Monceau-sur-Sambre neighbourhood of Charleroi. After its completion it was one of the largest coal burning power plants in Belgium. Water was let into the cooling tower where it would be cooled by the wind that swept in from portals in the base of the tower, releasing billowing columns of hot air. By 1977 the power plant and its massive tower was the main source of energy for the Charleroi area and is said to have been able to cool 480,000 gallons of water per minute.

    By the 1970s new components were even added to the power-plant that could also use gas power. However, the power-plant’s days were numbered. After years of service, a report found that Power Plant IM was responsible for around 10% of the total CO2 emissions in Belgium. Due to this, protests from Greenpeace in 2006 gave the power plant major negative attention and it closed a year later in 2007. After it was closed down, there were reports of looting by metal scrappers. The power plant still lies abandoned, and is said to be scheduled for demolition, but until that time it continues to stand as a popular location for urban explorers.

    2. The Explore
    This place is responsible for the most epic urbex pictures ever. Set off to the place and drove down the long pot-holed road that leads to the plant. Parked up and walked down to the cooling tower and wandered in as the gate was open. Sadly the magic door was locked. Sneaked under and into the base of the cooling tower but sadly could get up to the second level. Hey ho that’s the way things go sometimes. Saw some groups scaling the pipe-bridge and crossing the Sambe river on the service walk-way to look at the power-plant itself. Was a bit pushed for time so decided to give it a miss.

    3. The Pictures

    Here’s the cooling tower:

    img6781 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Locked! Bugger…

    img6770 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the base then:

    img6785 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    ..and under we go:

    img6776 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And we’re in:

    img6751 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6747bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6763 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    At the bottom looking up:

    img6764 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6759 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6757bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Loadsa wood!

    img6774 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    Over the river is the power-plant:

    img6779 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6782 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6783 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6797 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And other stuff in the area:

    img6786 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    img6790 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6791 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6796 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6798 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Including this old house:

    img6787 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6788 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    Last edited by HughieD; 3rd May 18 at 09:17.

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    Nice hughie thank you.

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    Proper Job Hughie, lovely shots, Thanks
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    That's very good Hughie. A pity you didn't get inside the power plant, maybe another day.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Epic stuff Hughie
    Awesome photos; you must be pleased with em
    Black cat exploring company
    & LSD - Leicester Super Derpers

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombat View Post
    Epic stuff Hughie
    Awesome photos; you must be pleased with em
    Cheers mate. Was pleased with what I could get...just frustrated I couldn't get to the level up and get *that* shot!

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    Nice shots of the cooling tower - quite surprised that the power station is still there, do you know if it's stripped out now?

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    Brilliant HD!!! This has got to be one of my favourite cooling towers with its unusual starlike design, you can't help loving it!! Thanks HD!!
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