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Report - Lavadero Roberto 1, Portman, Murcia

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Max Speed, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. Max Speed

    Max Speed 28DL Full Member
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    Here we go again,hope this ones better than yesterdays report which disappeared into obscurity..well it was kinda shite..

    A brief history of Lavadero Roberto.It was opened in 1957 as part of the Portman mines and was the cleaning plant for the extracted minerals.Using sea water it pumped out 7,000 tons of oxide waste per day into the bay of Portman causing an ecological disaster that to this day still has affect on the area.It finally closed in 1988 after spewing an estimated 50 million tons of waste into the sea...disaster or what???
    The site is huge so intended only covering a small part of it.I´d heard about the old shunter and wagons left on the tracks coming out of the mine and searched for them but to no avail,so decided to go on foot patrol.
    Arriving at the site the temperature in the car read 32.5c and with a clear blue sky knew it was going to be hot work,especially when i saw all the steps i had to climb...this also convinced me to leave the main cleaning plant till another day.

    On with the photos

    Had to have a five minute fag break when i got to the top of here
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    This is inside,the minerals were then passed along belts to the cleaning plant,the bridge and other conveyer belts that used to pass over the road are sadly no longer there.
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    Back outside and more steps,looking down upon the plant.
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    Looking out over the bay,the dark foreground is where the residues were dumped
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    Signs that i might be on the right track in search of the shunter
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    First find..precauriously perched
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    A few more
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    and more
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    The boys over here must be slacking..leaving copper like this about!!!
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    Finally
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    Entrance to the Tunel Jose Marstre
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    Making my way back and the mist had cleared in the bay showing of the newly installed platform,the building in the foreground is the cleansing plant
    and from what ive heard its huge inside.I think you could spend a couple of weeks if not more in this area and still not cover everything.

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. Morrisey

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    Re: Lavadero Roberto 1,Portman,Murcia

    Pretty cool report that. The view from google maps shows just how fucked up that area is!
     
  3. Max Speed

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    Very fkd up..but all makes for good mooching....beginning to regret swimming in the sea there now i´ve read all the reports lol
     
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    Re: Lavadero Roberto 1,Portman,Murcia

    Is this accessible?
     
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    Re: Lavadero Roberto 1,Portman,Murcia

    Liking this, the light in the second photo looks great
     
  6. Max Speed

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    Re: Lavadero Roberto 1,Portman,Murcia

    the entrance was flooded with a nice bright orange liquid and very marshy..this was as far as i could get..after searching other photos the vegetation wasnt there up to a year ago and given that the tracks still run into the tunnel I presume it would be solid underfoot
     
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    Re: Lavadero Roberto 1,Portman,Murcia

    Really nice, my Gran used to live just round the corner from here in Santiago de la Ribera. Looks spot on for a long tramp around (followed by cool cervezas)
     
  8. Max Speed

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    Re: Lavadero Roberto 1,Portman,Murcia

    Looks spot on for a long tramp around (followed by cool cervezas)

    wouldnt be worth it without a couple of those ..lol

    I know Santiago de la Ribera quite well...a nice big military site there right next to the airport...the southern end of it seems quite deserted but access is well dodgy
     
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