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  1. HFC - Belgium - May 2016

    Quick report as I don't have any historical info. Fun explore, although got cut a bit short, after being caught, so I need to go back one day to finish it... Secca was really nice. He offered me some coffee and cola, while waiting for the police. Police was less amused and they didn't wanna believe I was there, on my own, just taking pics. Ended up being searched, then my bag + car and finally by the policeman destroying my memory card with his pocket knife, handing the remains to the security guard. Luckily I was shooting on 2 cards simultaneously and I managed to hide 1 of the cards while waiting for police... Having a backup sometimes makes sense. Now, on with the shots; 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Cheers for looking!
  2. UK Lostock... Nov '15

    It seems this one was forgotten about for quite some time due to rumours that everything of interest had been removed, nope... its all still in there! One of my faves from this year... ...Lostock Power Station... Thanks for lookin' in folks...
  3. Hello OS. I've done a report on this place already, I know.. But there's a few photos I didn't add and i've had a few more visits since then (I can't keep away). Demolition here is well underway and it won't be long until all of the disused areas are just waste, and I'm pretty sad to see this go really, I can't even count how many times I've been, just to go and see if i can find anything new and sadly, most of the best parts are now gone. Pretty much every visit with AndyK/Behind Closed Doors. A quality location altogether, plenty to see History: The origins of the company lie with two brothers, Henri and Camille Dreyfus. In 1912 they set up "Cellonit Gesellschaft Dreyfus and Co" in Basel, Switzerland. In 1916 the brothers were invited to live in Britain by the British Government, to produce their recently developed cellulose acetate dope for the war effort; the canvas skins of aircraft of the time were sealed and made taut with nitrocellulose dope, which was easily ignited by bullets. They developed the necessary plant and "British Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Co" was registered on March 18, 1916. The British Government patented the process developed by Henri Dreyfus, which lowered the costs of acetic anhydride production, an important reagent in the production of cellulose acetate. At the end of World War I, the British Government cancelled all contracts and the company changed to produce acetate fibres. In 1923 the company name was changed to British Celanese Ltd, a contraction of cellulose and ease. Softer and stronger, as well as being cheaper to produce than other fabrics used at the time such as satin or taffeta, Celanese was used in the production of garments. British Celanese was the first factory in Britain to produce propylene and from it isopropyl alcohol and acetone in 1942. Clarifoil production developed out of cellulose acetate yarn technology. Clarifoil full-scale production commenced from 1947. Henri Dreyfus died in 1944. Camille Dreyfus died in 1956. In 1957, British Celanese was taken over by Courtaulds. The site is now operated by Celanese. The plant finally closed after the last shift on Wednesday 14th November 2012. Pics: Couple from the night visit: Bye! Cheers for looking
  4. Shoreham Cement Works West Sussex 1. The twin kilns run the length of the building History The Beeding Portland Cement Company was founded in 1878 and began producing cement at the site in Upper Beeding near Shoreham in 1883. Six Johnson Chamber kilns were used and could produce up to 144 tonnes of cement per week. In 1897 the site was taken over by Sussex Portland Cement and was expanded considerably. Eight Michelle Chamber kilns were established, along with two Schneider kilns which burnt off excess dried slurry. By 1900 two rotary kilns had been installed, these are likely to be the first operational rotary kilns in the country. They were powered by DC electricity generated on site. The plant was completely re-built in 1948-1950 and the arrangement of buildings that still stands today was established in the chalk quarry basin. These buildings contain the first ever installation of a Vickers Armstrong design of rotary kiln, which was subsequently widely replicated elsewhere. This installation was considered state-of-the-art at the time. Typical output of each kiln was around 550 tonnes per day. The establishment of good transport links by rail and road made such output feasible. 1 The kilns are 350ft long and 10ft wide. Slurry was fed into them and pulverised coal was then blown in and ignited. This process burnt the slurry at 2500°F and the resultant red-hot clinker was dropped into open ended cooling tubes. The tubes carried air upwards to avoid dust escaping inside the building. High-output levels coupled with this dust extraction method inevitably brought with it high levels of pollution. For many years the area surrounding the site had a constant covering of dust, giving everything a whitish-grey tint. 2 2. Evening light beams between the huge pipes My Visit I’d spotted images from this place pop up on the odd occasion and liked the look of those huge parallel pipes. So, when I found myself heading down south for a weekend I decided to make Shoreham the last stop on the first day. I did wonder why the place didn’t appear to get very many visits, but still expected it to be an easy mooch. I soon realised I was wrong! Turning up on my own in the middle of the afternoon with no info, I discovered the place is locked down pretty tight and the multiple security guys are certainly on the ball. But, I’d driven a long way, I wasn’t going to give up that easily. Fast forward and I’m below the huge pipes, hiding from the vehicles being driven around the semi-live site. The successful and rewarding visit ended when the sun had set, shortly after bathing the site in the golden hour’s lovely glowing tones. 3. View down side of rotary kiln 4. View of kilns from the other end 5. End of the rotary kilns 6. Rotary kiln outlets 7. Between the Vickers Armstrong rotary kilns 8. Feed into the kilns 9. The underbelly 10. Machinery inside 11. Danger Keep Out sign. 12. Quad pipes 13. Above the feeder end 14. Large pipe symmetry 15. Pipes through broken windows 16. Triple pipes 17. View from control room window 18. Machinery 19. Silos inside main building 20. Central avenue next to main building 21. Trucks lines up outside 22. Truck in front of building 23. External from quarry
  5. Belgium GIGAWATT... April '14

    The penultimate site on my last Euro jaunt was this MONSTER... Easy in, splendid weather and I had the place to myself for the morning... Industrial porn of the HIGHEST calibre... BOSTIN!! Thanks for lookin in
  6. Germany Cyklonkessel... April '14

    After the vintage delights of Dr Dents, it was time for the 'main event'!... Another 3 and a half hours drive and I was there, a few hours kip and up with the lark! And what a setting!! Picture postcard German valley cloaked in mist and thick with forest, alive with sounds of the dawn chorus, but I'm not here for the resident nature! So after brisk walk I was soon in and face to face with this... ...CYKLONKESSEL... As always, thanks for looking!!
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