Centrale de Deux-Acren
THE ABANDONED POWER PLANT IN BELGIUM
‘Centrale de Deux-Acren’ was a kerosene powered turbojet power plant in the small Belgian village. Its iconic Art Deco control room was taken down in 2019.
Over the years, this station housed three power plants and a 60-meter chimney. The Deux-Acren station was in fact an emergency power generator. It was designed to accommodate consumption peaks or as backup in the event of a breakdown of another power plant. The electricity is produced by a jet engine that can run at full speed in less than 2 minutes. In fact, the engine in this unit was powered by naphtha. The reactor is started with the aid of a compressed air tank, which allows rapid start-up from a distance, without any other form of energy supply. The last owner of the power station was Electrabel.
The exterior is red-brick, with a subtle Art Deco design evident in the prominent arched windows. During my visit, the old engines and turbines are already gone. A big empty hall with a beautiful historical Art Deco control room is all that is left.
The building was sold by Electrabel in 2007. In 2018 the site is sold again and at the end of this year the control room is also stripped from its levers and dials. The photos of ‘Centrale de Deux-Acren’ were taken during two visits in 2018. More abandoned power stations can be found here.