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Report - Redcar Steel Blast Furnace, November 2015 (Part 1 of 36)

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The_Raw, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    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
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    2. After a Speedy entrance we found ourselves making our way up through the bowels of the furnace
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    6. Quite fancy popping down to the bottom of here next time (look out for Part 2 of 36 coming soon :confused:)
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    8. It's difficult to capture the sheer size of this thing
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    11. This is my favourite shot from the evening's proceedings.
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    13. You could still feel hot air coming from the top of these chimneys
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    14. Heading back down we had a nose around in this large area around the 'Brain' as I like to call it.
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    16. This workshop was close by and a few other little rooms
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    17. Worker's coat
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    19. Control Room
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    22. The Brain
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    23. Nothing I've seen in Belgium compared to the size of this, both sides looked like this....
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    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, @oakleyframer and @elliot5200 for a great night, it was a blast :D

    Warning: Those found not liking or commenting will be punished under Sharia Law.

    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    Theres always one! Looks like you had a great night for it!
     
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    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    fuckin ell ! looks reet fuckin topsnotch
     
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    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    Nicely done i found the astounding amount of information you know about this site really informative .roll on the rest of the follow on reports
     
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    This photo does a pretty good job at the above. Have a comment and a like, i hope it goes towards furthering your umbox career.

     
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  6. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    So good I've commented twice
     
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  7. Adders

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    That place looks like a white balance nightmare!
     
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  8. The_Raw

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    Keep them coming please, I beg you..... :coat

    Yep, the whole place has been Tangoed unfortunately, daylight is the way forward really but you'll stand out like a sore thumb
     
  9. wellingtonian

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    Now I get how these fooking monsters work. An education as ever mate :D
     
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  10. Camera Shy

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    Best set of snaps to come from here so far, looking fwd to parts 2-36.
     
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  11. bhg

    bhg In Search of Lost Time
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    Simply fantastic!
     
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  12. stranton

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    very nice :thumb

    1 of 36 thats alot of photographs,
    hopefully you had alot of batteries? :D
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Ditto the above comment.....best set to have come from here (so far) although the initial report was good :thumb it always looks better when someone with credibility does this kind of stuff. & nice write up BTW.

    Looks like you had a good night weather wise in the end, as there was a rumour of Thunder at one stage (someone must have stolen it ?;)

    Personally looking forward to your reports from SSI & Tata ....don't sit on them lol
     
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  14. The_Raw

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    Hopefully now that everyone knows there's another 35 parts to go they'll sit on their reports until I'm done. That should be around June 2016 FYI. Cheers :thumb
     
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    drhowser Bespectacled & irrelevant
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    I really hope this is still sat like this next time I'm home. I'd happily spend a day wandering round without bothering to take any pictures.

    *I have commented and liked this post and will expect reciprocation*
     
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