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Report - Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium, March 2014

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by jST, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. jST

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    HF6.

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    Following on from This massive Power station we made our way across Belgium towards the industrial badness of the Meuse Valley.

    Closed in 2009, this Blast Furnace was one of the many elements of the former Cockerill Industrial empire that twisted its way through the Meuse valley from France to Charleroi, Namur, Liege and Seraing joining the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt Delta in Holland.

    The Cockerill family were instrumental in the Belgian Industrial revolution from 1805 onwards with their factories producing spinning engines and steel, steam engines (including air-blowers, traction engines, and engines for ships) and in 1835 Belgium's first steam locomotive. John Cockerill also had interests in collierys and mines such as those at Ougree, across the Meuse River from HF6.

    The Cockerill group, following many different iterations of Cockerill Ougree, Cockerill Sambre, Usinor and Arcelor had their facilities absorbed into the mega Indian/Luxembourg conglomerate Steel giant, ArcelorMittal in 2008. Mittal then helpfully closed this Blast Furnace in 2009 and added further woe to Eastern Belgium’s already struggling economy leaving Liege’s GDP per capita hovering at some 20k Euros lower than the rest of Belgium’s average.

    Liege and Seraing are pretty mucky towns, houses are tainted with industrial grime and things look generally a bit knackered. Every now and again the fairly nondescript skyline is punctuated by belching chimneys and structures such as this. Having the view (and smell) of Redcar's Blast Furnace from my bedroom window as a child, these enormous, fiery, rusty majestic structures have always held a certain allure and this was definitely not “just another splore”

    Here are some pretty inspirational photographs taken by the Belgian Photographer Stephan VanFleteren that concentrate on the area and people, I'd highly recommend buying his book "Belgicum" Belgicum - Portfolio - Stephan Vanfleteren

    The site itself is fairly secure for Belgian standards with actual razor wire and security, made for a funny challenge of getting in whilst not being spotted by a bloke mending his Citroen AX (who had a “funny arse” - Cregg) or making all the noise.

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    This was as far up as I got.

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    Changing and offices

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    Plus I now have a parking pass, so we can return without fear of being towed.

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  2. Camera Shy

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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    HF must stand for Holy Fuck in the case, champion reporting again.
     
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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    Quality pics
     
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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    Some excellent photos. Dont want to swell his head but JST = 28 DL, Apex Photographer...great work, enjoyed seeing it!
     
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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    Nice work jst - always great to read your reports pal, as they combine great photos with factual history about the sites in question :thumb
     
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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    Good work, But you can't beat a good CSO
     
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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    great pictures, i like the ones from further up, the bits i didnt see because the voice in my head was doing that...

    "go on you know you want to dive off the side, and if you don't the whole things going to collapse" thing

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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    haha
     
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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    Fantastic place, report, and photographs. :thumb
     
  10. Collingwood

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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    mmmmmm pipe porn...
     
  11. jST

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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    Cheers all.

    @Kwan - there are much better here for definite, I just point an expensive camera at things and hope for the best.
     
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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    Aye spose your right :D......your too modest man :).
     
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    yes
     
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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    Fantastic pictures mate ....as usual, great depth & composition in your output, it always stand out :thumb
     
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    Re: Haut Furneau / Blast Furnace HF6 - Belgium. March 2014.

    Nice one mate..i didnt fancy going to the top either..
     
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