Cokeries et Houilleres d’Anderlues

Built: 1903

Abandoned: 2002

Visited: 2008

Anderlues, Belgium

This is the old cokes factory in Anderlues, a village in Belgium close to Charleroi. The origin of this company lies with a mining company SA des Houillères d’Anderlues founded in 1860. The mining activities already started in 1850. In 1906 this coking plant was built on the 31.5 hectare site, together with another plant that processed the residual products released during the purification of the cokes. In 1908 the plant produced 74 kilotonnes cokes a year.

1969

Mining in Anderlues stopped in 1969, the cokes plant had to switch to imported coal. In 1971, the name of the company was changed to SA des Cokeries et Houillères d’Anderlues, abbreviated to Cokeries d’Anderlues.

2002

After years of production, the installation became outdated and there was no money left to invest in order to meet the environmental and safety requirements. Cokeries et Houilleres d’Anderlues closed in 2002 and had to fire the 113 employees. The factory was the longest running cokes factory in Belgium. Nowadays the plant is a heavily polluted site. Some buildings are already demolished; the others are waiting for demolishing.

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