I don't really understand how stuff like this works but I think it just gets really hot and then farts big turds of metal out of it's arse. I CAN tell you one thing though, it's fucking huge and it's fucking epic running around it with your mates in the middle of the night!
Founded by Dorman Long in 1917, the steel produced here was used to build structures including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tyne Bridge and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Under the socialist plans of the post-Second World War Labour Party, in 1967 Dorman Long was absorbed into the newly created nationalised company, British Steel Corporation. After privatisation under Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party in 1988 to form British Steel plc, in 1999 the company merged with Netherlands-based steel maker Koninklijke Hoogovens to form Corus Group. Corus utilised the site for basic oxygen steelmaking, using iron produced at the company's Redcar blast furnace. In 2007, Corus was bought by Tata Steel. Tata stopped production in 2009 and 1,700 jobs were lost at the plant.
On 24 February 2011, the steelworks was purchased by Thai-based Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI). On 15 April 2012 the plant was officially reopened. On 18 September 2015, production was paused due to the decline in steel prices. On 28 September 2015, the plant was "mothballed" amid poor steel trading conditions across the world and a drop in steel prices. On 2 October, the owner of the site, SSI UK, entered liquidation. On 12 October 2015 the receiver announced there was no realistic prospect of finding a buyer and the coke ovens would be extinguished.
1. I didn't get any usable externals so nicked this from google
2. After a Speedy entrance we found ourselves making our way up through the bowels of the furnace
6. Quite fancy popping down to the bottom of here next time (look out for Part 2 of 36 coming soon )
8. It's difficult to capture the sheer size of this thing
11. This is my favourite shot from the evening's proceedings.
13. You could still feel hot air coming from the top of these chimneys
14. Heading back down we had a nose around in this large area around the 'Brain' as I like to call it.
16. This workshop was close by and a few other little rooms
17. Worker's coat
19. Control Room
22. The Brain
23. Nothing I've seen in Belgium compared to the size of this, both sides looked like this....
We only scratched the surface of this huge site on this occasion but in Parts 2-36 I hope to cover everything from the kitchen toaster to the men's urinals. No stone will be left unturned I assure you of that.
Thanks to @Maniac, @Merryprankster and Elliot5200 for a great night, it was a blast