Centrales Électriques des Flandres

THE ABANDONED POWER STATION IN BELGIUM


This power station in Langerbrugge, Gent was designed in 1913 by architect Eugène Dhuicque for ‘Centrales Electriques de Flandres’. The immediate cause for this power station was the extension and development of an industrial area near the docks just outside the city.

The power plant, which was named the ‘Centrales Électriques des Flandres et du Brabant’ or CEFB, it was built and commissioned by 1914. The Dutch translation of this name is the ‘Elektrische Centralen voor Vlaanderen in Brabant’ or ECVB. In June 1914 the power plant went into service. The town of Langerbrugge is located on the western side of the canal Ghent-Terneuzen and this plant made the industrial development of the entire canal possible. Several new stations were built on this site. In 1959 a new station was built that used coal, gas and oil as fuel. During 1974 a steam turbine was built for the local paper factory.

In 1986, the Museum Energeia opened on the power plant site. This housed preserved steam engines and steam turbines in the exhibitions, as well as documents and books from the period of 1900-1960. This museum was open to the public and proved quite popular initially. During the year 2000, Electrabel decided to close the Museum.

The production of electricity stopped in 2001, after a new power plant was built. The production of steam and water for heating the district was seen as outdated and more effective methods were implemented. A small part of this power station remains active, still giving everyday power to some surrounded industries. I took these photos of ‘Centrales Électriques des Flandres’ in 2010. The building is protected, but in 2015 the inside was cleaned and the plant is empty today.

Built 1913-1974
Abandoned 2009
Endangered
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres
Centrales Électriques des Flandres

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