Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre

THE ABANDONED POWER PLANT IN BELGIUM


This ‘Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre’ is a huge power plant witch closed its doors in 2006. It was built in 1921 by Intercom, which later became Electrabel.

In the 1950s, the power station is modernized and a new unit is built. The factory buildings, designed by F. and L. Vandenbroucke, consisted of three brick volumes of decreasing height, with large glass sections. The cooling tower was on the other side, the right bank of the Sambre.

In the 1970s, modifications made it possible for the plant to burn High Furnace gas. To do this, a gigantic pipe is built between the HF4 site and the power plant. Production stopped in 2007, but some facilities, such as pumps, remained in operation until 2010.

Newer and greener plants will take over. Demolition of the site started in 2014, but most of the plant is still standing today. I visited ‘Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre’ in 2009, 2014 and 2018.

Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre
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