Coke en Stock

7
January 2022

Founded in the first half of the 19th century, the industrial site on which the coking plant is located has actively contributed to the wealth of the region. And inevitably, its closure wreaked havoc on the city it made to thrive. Today, all that's left is a dying ruin.
Indeed, the dismantling has been going on for… 14 years ! The old coking plant is tired of this state oscillating between demolition and abandonment. Thus, we still find most of the buildings but some are no longer accessible following the demolition of the accesses, conveyors or walkways. Everywhere, we see shameless tears, leaving ugly scars on already bruised walls. Other buildings have been deliberately made inaccessible due to their dangerousness, including silos, where one can easily be buried under tons of material still present.

The visit therefore took place in the midst of facilities that were sometimes intact, sometimes dismantled.
The two batteries of the coke ovens are no longer accessible, at least in a careful manner. With 122 ovens, they have been looted (including the doors which were torn off) and haven't been visited. Fortunately, the other places are more accessible.

Coke is produced by firing charcoal at 1,250°C/2,282°F. This fuel is used in the manufacture of cast iron, which will then be transformed into steel. All these products are no longer made in Belgium. This industry was a great source of employment, and its disappearance from our country was a real cataclysm that plunged entire regions into poverty. Even though it's very polluting, new techniques have been able to greatly reduce the environmental impact. But anyway, all of these products are so much better bought halfway around the world.
Exploration of a site steeped in history and smells smelling of respiratory poisoning.

Pictures

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We are greeted by this vestige, frozen in the frost.

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Coal silos. An impossible place to visit, and that's good.

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In the distance, the water tower used to extinguish the coke.

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Here, silos for by-products, resulting from the manufacture of coke.

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In this room was produced naphthalene. These columns extracted benzene, toluene and xylene. All good for the health.

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The odors still present encourage you not to hang around there too long.

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The coal tower, which powered the coke ovens on either side of the tower. The conveyor comes from the coal silos.

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A place of great majesty, but also of great gloom.

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Here and there, one-off dismantling offers this sad spectacle.

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The gas extractor room, still intact. This room sucked in the gases from the ovens to rid them of the tar.

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The pumps in this room also prevented the build-up of explosive vapors.

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They had better still be in perfect working order.

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The extractors attached to the pumps. Given the condition of the passageways, they are no longer accessible.

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Ammonia tanks, produced by cooking coal. Highly toxic and explosive place.

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The invasion of this place by buddleias indicates heavy soil pollution.

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Here too, the condition of the passageways does not allow for an in-depth visit. In some places, they hold up by a miracle.

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The huge chimney announces the end of the visit.



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