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Belgium Cokerie d´Ougrée, Seraing - May 2021

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History

This coking plant was built in 1957 tu supply coke to the neighbouring blast furnaces in Ougrée and Seraing, replacing an older ageing plant from wich some of the buildings remains on the site. It was part of John Cockerill company.

In 1967, two Krupp-Koppers batteries were put into operation and in 1983 another pair of Coppée batteries was built.

The production was shutdown for good in 2014, when the plant was part of ArcelorMittal group. Although the American company Oxbow Mining was interested in to keep the production running, all the negotiations failed in the end.

The plant is now in a slow dismenteling process. Some parts already disapeared, such as the gasometer, some conveyor belts and all the gas pipes that used to link it to other sites.


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The coal silos

Making our way on the site, we first came across the coal silos. The tower you can see on the building is a water tower.

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Next to the silos was a little building with two nice american crushers.

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From the top of this building we had a nice view on the silos, ovens batteries and the large coal bunker.

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The coke ovens

After spending some time at the silos, we went to the most importent part of this plant: the coke ovens.

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The boiler house

As gas is produced as a by-borduct of coke production, you can often find boilers or a power station in coking plants. This building was already abandoned long before the site shutdown, so it's heavily decayed. It is one of the remains of the old coking plant that was located there before the new one was built.

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On the way out, a quick stop at the chermical part:

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And a nice view on the HFB!

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Very nice. We have a similar place in the UK but it just got demolished recently :(
 
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