Cokeries et Houilleres d’Anderlues

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN BELGIUM


‘Cokeries et Houilleres d’Anderlues’ is an 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 74.000 ton cokes a year. 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After years of production, the installation became outdated and there was no money left to invest in order to meet the environmental and safety requirements.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. I took these photos of the cokes plant in 2008.

Built 1903
Abandoned 2002
Endangered
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