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Report - Bytom's powerplant, Poland, Upper-Silesia, Jun 2012

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Urbexosaurus, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Urbexosaurus

    Urbexosaurus 28DL Full Member
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    When we were in Poland, last June, we got a major opportunity to visit this awesome Powerplant…
    This power plant has been visited by many polish urbexers, even though it's still partly in use.
    They all managed to sneak in during the weekend, but unfortunately, when we in Poland, our weekend was already filled up with other obligations.
    So we decided to simply give them a call to see if there was an opportunity to visit it legally.

    After a few phone calls we managed to speak to the operations manager, who told us that visits are simply not allowed, unless you have a written approval from the plant owners. (A finnish company)
    Fortunately for us, she told us that the next day a group of photographers from France were coming in, after they spent about 2 months trying to get the approvals and permits.
    The only problem was that she needed to show them around and explain the history of the plant to them in English… She wasn't very happy to do this, so we could make her a nice deal;
    We'll translate your story from Polish to English, if we can join the tour... Luckily for us, she accepted the deal.. :thumb

    Since we were about 400km away from the plant when we called them, we needed to wake up early and leave at 3.30am in order to make it to the plant on time.. Luckily we made it and could spent a good few hours wondering around this awesome location. :)

    A bit of history;
    The coal fired combined Heat and Power Plant has been an landmark for Bytom since it was opened on 29 November 1920.
    The investor and the first owner of the power plant was the German company Schaffgotsh Bergwerksgesellschaft GmbH, belonging to the Upper Silesian family line of the Schaffgotschs.
    With an output of 100 MW power it once belonged amongst the greatest combined power plants in Europe.
    The 2 chimney's of the plant, reaching 120 meters into the air, are Europe's highest brick chimney's without additional support, still standing today.

    Here are a couple of the shots I managed to take in this awesome location:











    A few more shots available on my Flickr page! http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbexosaurus/

    Thanks 4 watching!!

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