Centrale Cockerill


‘Centrale Cockerill’ is a power station in the industrial region of the Belgium city Liege. Energy was distributed from here to the big factories of the Cockerill group in the neighborhood.

The first ironworks in Liege were founded in 1809. John Cockerill and his brother James revolutionized the steel industry by using blast furnaces and coke instead of traditional charcoal. These inventions would be the basis for his new company, John Cockerill & Cie established in Seraing in 1817. Over the next decades, many more metallurgical plants and foundries were built in this area, which became an integral part of Wallonia’s industrial backbone, the sillon industriel. In the 1970s and 1980s, the steel industry was hit hard by increasing competition from low-wage countries and an oversupply on the market. In the early 2000s the first factories closed down. This powerplant was partly shut down in 2009.

The last transformer hall was closed down in 2018, leaving the site completely abandoned. I visited ‘Centrale Cockerill’ in 2017 and 2019.

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Abandoned 2009-2018
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