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Explore #212: HFX Blast Furnaces and Steel works, Hayange / Florange, France – August 2017

Explore #4 of the ‘Greased Otters Tour’ Day Two was the centrepiece explore of our long weekend – the other sites we had lined up were all great in their own ways, but this one was an absolute beast – a huge decomissioned steel works which once boasted no fewer than six blast furnaces… History (translated and rewritten from here and here) The presence of iron ore in the region was exploited back to Roman times, if not earlier. The…

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Explore #211: The Rust Garden, Belgium – August 2017

Explore #3 of the ‘Greased Otters Tour’ Next up was a relatively quick look around the remains of a rusting coking plant… History I don’t know a huge amount about this site, other than that it apparently formed part of the vast Arcelor Mittal (formerly Cockerill Sambre) owned Haut Fourneau 6 (HF6) steelworks. The blast furnace was demolished a couple of years ago, but this part clings on amongst the razor wire and overgrowth… Our Explore This was another relatively…

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Explore #47: Powerplant IM, Belgium – April 2014

Explore #5 of the 3 Eurovirgins and a Europro tour Next up on my Belgian weekender with the lovely guys and gal from Desolate Nation, Richard Gowen Photography and Rebecca Litchfield Photography was this vast industrial behemoth. Originally built in the 1920s Powerplant IM was once one of the largest coal-fired power stations in Belgium. The plant was extended to include gas power in the 1970s, but suffered negative media attention from the likes of Greenpeace, and was “mothballed” in…

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