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  1. So most of you have seen this location before if you havent been already... but here's my take on the place. Explored with Raz & Jord Bit of background; Stolen from the internet and i cant remember where Willington Power Station was in fact two, almost entirely separate stations, within the same site. Willington ‘A’ and ‘B’ shared coal and water supplies, but had separate management and staff. The site was chosen for its close proximity to the Derbyshire coalfields via the mainline railway, and water via the river Trent. Work on Willington ‘A’ began in 1954, and comprised four 100MW generating units, along with two 425ft chimneys and two cooling towers Station A was brought up to full operating capacity on 10th July 1959, however the generator units were soon upgraded to 104MWs each, limiting the station’s spare capacity. At its height the Station consumed a million tonnes of coal a year. In early 1957 the Central Electricity Authority began work on Willington ‘B’, which comprised two 200MW units, equalling the capacity of Station ‘A’, one 425ft chimney and (oddly) 3 cooling towers. The Cooling towers are 300ft (91m) high, 145ft (43m) at their top, 218ft (66m) and 122ft (37m) at their throat. Each tower has an effective cooling surface of 858,000 square feet. Privitisation wasn’t kind to Willingon ‘A’. Units 3 and 4 were shut down in 1989, and finally unit 1 was de-synchronised with the grid at 18:00hrs, 30th September 1994. Meanwhile Station ‘B’ was effectively run into the ground, with the final unit being de-synchronised on 31st March 1999, ending 41 years of power generation at Willington. Although most of the site was demolished at the turn of the millennium, the five cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. Explore So after months and months and months of trying to plan this location into a tour i finally managed to get around it. Firstly i would like to point out that i am still astounded by the sheer size of these things. If you clap while stood under one, the sound has an olmost loony tunes comical echo to it which amused me for a bit while my camera was doing its thing. While we were there it started lashing it down and if i was to give a little advice to anyone planning to go it would be this; "It rains for longer inside..." Few More photos Basically crucified this image with HDR - My bad... Thanks for looking
  2. I Was unsure on if I should post a report on this but thought I would throw a short one together. If you are in the area I would advise popping over even though there's only the cooling towers left its pretty cool to be stood inside one! Visited with Fat Panda & Hamtagger Cheers for looking
  3. I think most people know the history of this place. It was a power station in Willington (Derbyshire) until the final part closed in late 90's and was subsequently demolished. The only thing left standing now is the 5 cooling towers and the nearby sub station. There isnt a huge amount to see around this site but it is worth a Sunday afternoon mooch if your in the area as there are a few interesting bits and pieces lieing around. Anyway, on to the pics. I wasnt in the area long as it was a late afternoon decision and the light was fading by the end. Also couldn't resist taking the last pic of the graffiti, as it was my initials lol
  4. Visited with some friends from the Netherlands at the end of October, we had planned to make a day of visiting HF4 but we were thwarted in our efforts to get into the main power station so we settled for the cooling towers at HF4 and IM (and a couple of other sites too). Both of these are huge and make you feel tiny to be standing in the centre of them. Someone's decided that an odd hut should be put in the middle of the HF4 one. No idea what it's for - it's certainly no control room! Getting under the IM tower was a bit tricky with all the mud and having to keep an eye on the water level was a laugh Most on here will know these places but first time for me, so still a bit of a novelty. Hope to see a bit more of Belgium's dereliction in the new year.. HF4: IM: Not seen too many pictures of this one: Thanks for looking
  5. This disused power station was once a coal-fired monster. Owned by Belgium's Electrobel it was mothballed in the early 2000s and then finally taken out of service in 2006 and is currently being demolished. With demolition well under way this might be the last we see of this beast. The cooling tower may live on to see another day however and is definitely one of those sites that has to be seen with your own eyes. We had a decent mooch around in there and crawled through the mud to get underneath and then set about crossing the bridge of feral cats towards the power station. We had to dodge the demo team to get inside, they appeared to be pulling it down from the bottom up as the ground floor was mainly stripped out, this caused a lot of dust in the air. We spent a couple of hours inside until the level of dust got too much and made our way out with minimal fuss. It was a shame we didn't find the control room but we saw a lot of other cool stuff and it was a great start to our weekend. Hope you enjoy the pics and thanks to the rest of the crew for making this a great trip! Looking up from the entrance Elliot snapping away No Black Gloves? Too cool for school or too camp for camp? Heading for the power station Quick shaky shot as we ran past the turbine to hide from workers below..... Pipes and Art Deco windows Looking down, the worker's van just visible.... Loved this bit of graff Looking out above the conveyor belt shafts Inside the conveyor belt shaft You could see 3 or 4 storeys directly beneath your feet through these wobbly walkways The view of the Cooling Tower from the roof Overlooking the worker's van in the turbine hall The Lab Last but not least some turbine shots.... Wish we could've had a closer look at these but there was too much of a risk of getting seen unfortunately Thanks for looking
  6. abandoned cooling tower in Belgium. 1. 2.
  7. We stopped off here on the way back from the DRI. I have seen them many times from a distance but this was he first time I had seen them close up. They were a lot bigger than I thought. There are five towers in total and they are all that remains from both Willington A & Willington B Power stations which closed in 1995 & 1999 respectively. Only a few pics from here as we didn't stay too long.
  8. Well I thought my year was all done and dusted for explores but a week ago Mr. Landie Man gets on it and says do you want to go for a trip on the 28th...and so we did. We eventually got going with him and a non-member in tow, Willington being the first call as neither of them had seen it and when I was there in August the weather Gods decided to make it rain so I felt like I missed out on some shots. No such bad weather this time, gorgeous sun all the way. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157639125105304/
  9. IM COOLING TOWER Visited with members Chaos and non member Markymark This was a small part of our little long weekend European Derp tour. After a decent nights sleep in a campsite, a hot shower and belly full of Belgian wangers, beans and eggs we set off early to our first location of the day. As we drove through this heavily industrial region of Belgium we got a good insight into the epicness of some of the industry in the area. It truthfully is amazing how much potential there is in Belgium, everywhere you look there is derps and industrial abandonment. In the end we decided to bin off the power station itself due to time constraints and wanting to see more preferable locations. The Tower The cooling tower is a hyperboloid style tower, they have become the design standard for all natural-draft cooling towers because of their structural strength and minimum usage of material, the hyperbolic shape of the tower enhances aerodynamic lift due to the wind passing over it which increases the air flow rate. The air flows into the openings in the bottom which rises up and cools the entering hot water. The cooled water cascades down to the bottom of the tower whilst the warm moist air exits out of the top. In its hey day this tower would have been able to cool up to 480,000 gallons of water a minute. Its a fascinating bit of engineering. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Thanks for looking
  10. Evening all, Slowly getting up to date with my locations hence being slow with reports. This was a late July trip with two exploring mates who had never seen Belgium before but have seen the touristy places and like us all, wanted to go and do them. So the three days were a mix of new and old locations and some right corkers. This is nothing new to anyone, was a revisit into the cooling tower at IM. Didn't have my wellies so didn't get underneath but did manage some different shots. Just three here tonight Thanks for looking in.
  11. So today I FINALLY got out exploring again, after what seemed like an interminable wait. My good friend contacted me yesterday evening to say he could escape the wife for the day and so off we poddled! Willington was the first stop, there is certainly no better or bigger group of derelict cooling towers anywhere in the UK, they are all that remains of the old Willington Power Station which was demolished ages ago. Evading the car boot salers next door we were in, and then it started to rain...which in a mostly exposed site like this isn't too fun but we persevered... I'd been waiting so long to see this place and it definitely didn't disappoint despite the adverse weather! More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157635210280599/
  12. Visited here on Day 3 of the trip, second explore of the day, and even got busted for the first time. Didn't stop us getting our shots though, Baron was busy flirting with the Secca and kept him occupied for a few minutes. I did wonder why Baron was on his knees when I came out the Tower though.... hmmmmmm........ How many shots of a cooling tower can you take, its seems quite a lot actually. Jolly good explore!
  13. I've always wanted to visit the towers at sunset to see how the colour of the light bounces around inside the towers I was on my way past so decided to pop in I've lifted a few covers for the utility tunnels in a hope that during all this hot weather the water level drops enough to have a nosey so if anyone else goes don't fall down them like a dick . And finally
  14. The last explore of day two was a quick visit to the IM Cooling Tower with Wevsky, Space Invader and SX-Riff-Raff. Coming from the countryside we got lost going round in circles trying to avoid roadworks before we finally got here as the sun was about to set. Belgium roads and roadsigns aren’t the greatest especially with a mad sat nav! Again, another first for me – The first time I’ve been inside a cooling tower and it was pretty amazing. Just the sheer scale and the sound it made inside. Shame we didn’t have time to check the powerplant out. Had a brief chat with the local plod who left when they saw I couldn’t speak the local language after meeting secca playing monkey boy in a nearby tree. Pictures:
  15. Belgium IM - the cooling tower 2013

    Hi all, You probably seen this place a million times but this is a few of mine taken in Feb which include snow inside as it was quite a cold few days. #1 selfie #2 #3 #4 Thanks for looking in.
  16. Another explore with the long suffering,again,she declined the excitement,and remained in the car!! Tiny bit of info:Cooling Towers from the old power station that shut in 1999.The towers are 300 feet high..218 feet in diameter at base..145 feet in diameter at the top and 122 feet in diameter at the throat. We visited in 2007,and now in 2012,there is still no sign of them being demolished..see them if you can as they are simply amazing Well,that was the Cooling Towers ticked off my list, Many thanks for looking.
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