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Report - Redcar Blast Furnace - December 2015

AndyK

Behind Closed Doors
Regular User
#1
Yep, more reports from Redcar. Here's my take on the blast furnace.....
Visited with @SpiderMonkey and Jamie_P

Still need to have a look around Lackenby Works.
Have a look at the power station if you haven't already ;)

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1. The Blast Furnace​

History

Following the Second World War industries such as steel making were being nationalised under the Labour Party, and as such Teesside Steel was incorporated into British Steel Corporation. This remained until 1988 when Margaret Thatcher privatised the industry to form British Steel PLC.

The British government invested £1,000 Million into British Steel to establish an integrated plant at Redcar capable of producing 12 million tonnes of steel annually. Opening in 1979, the blast furnace was the largest in the UK and the second largest in Europe. It is capable of producing 10,000 tonnes of steel per day.

In 1999 the company merged with the Dutch firm Koninklijke Hoogovens to form Corus Group. Corus was subsequently bought by Tata Steel in 2007 but only managed two years of production before mothballing the site following the termination of a large contract.

Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) purchased the dormant steelworks in 2011 and reopened the site the following year. By 2015 international market conditions forced the closure of the site once again, and SSI went into liquidation. The coke ovens were extinguished, essentially spelling the end of steel production at the site, 98 years after the works were founded.
Starting at the beginning...

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2. Welcome!

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3. Base of the blast furnace

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4. Close up

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5. The brain

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6. The brain

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7. Surgery

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8. Venturing inside

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9. Walkways and pipes

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10. Taphole area

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11. Taphole area control booth

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12. Wider view​

Heading upwards.....


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13. View up the chimneys

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14. Up the blast furnace

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15. Spider

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16. Silos

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17. View over the blast furnace

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18. Looking down​

And finally into the offices and control room

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19. Signing-in room

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20. Office corridor

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21. These offices were still in use

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22. As close to the control room as we could manage​
 

Maniac

rebmeM LD82
Regular User
#6
Nice once Andy, good to see some new bits here. I'm sure there's still way more to come out of this site, if I lived closer I'd be pushing further and further into some of the more obscure buildings around the edge of the place. :thumb
 

AndyK

Behind Closed Doors
Regular User
#7
Few new bits. Keep at it. Every visit will bring more if people look further than what's been seen already.
Nice once Andy, good to see some new bits here. I'm sure there's still way more to come out of this site, if I lived closer I'd be pushing further and further into some of the more obscure buildings around the edge of the place. :thumb
It's a good 2.5 hours from me, but that's still close enough to have a few more visits and do exactly that. When I look at a map and see how much of the place I actually covered, it's minuscule! There is definitely a lot more there to be found.
 

Speed

Got Epic?
Staff member
Moderator
#8
To be fair the vast majority of the process plant has been done now. It's the workshops and amenities that are outstanding. It's just a bit live in those parts still! Sat watching about 6 workers have a pizza delivered then go back inside the blast furnace workshops when I was there last week. Was a little unnerving as that was where I was just about to go check out as it looked dead!
 

AndyK

Behind Closed Doors
Regular User
#10
To be fair the vast majority of the process plant has been done now. It's the workshops and amenities that are outstanding. It's just a bit live in those parts still! Sat watching about 6 workers have a pizza delivered then go back inside the blast furnace workshops when I was there last week. Was a little unnerving as that was where I was just about to go check out as it looked dead!
Dress as a pizza delivery man ;)
 

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