In 2009 I visited this huge cooling tower with next to it a huge power plant. It was still dark when I was inside the cooling tower minute by minute more and more light came inside the tower. It was the first time I ever was inside a cooling tower and for me it was really suprising to see how it looks inside. The cooling tower has been visited by many photographers nowadays and have even been used as a filmset for the movie “De Premier“. After taking some pictures of the cooling tower I crossed the water towards the power plant. When I visited this power plant no explorer had been inside besides legal visits so I knew it wouldn’t been easy to find a way inside. After almost an hour searching I found a little window 10 meters high. There was a ladder close to it so I could easily climb trough it. On the other side of the window it was not that easy there was only a depth of 10 meters with no ladder. Eventually I found a way by squeezing myself between a pillar and a wall and going down like that. Inside it was huge and I couldn’t believe this was abandoned or semi active. Computers were still running, machines still going on and off it was a strange feeling to walk there.
The Power plant was built in 1921 and when it was finished it was one of the largest coal burning power plants in Belgium. In 1977 the power plant and it’s massive tower was the main source of energy in the Charleroi area. The power plant got even some extra features so it could use gas power too but Europe made a stop too this. After years of service a study showed that the power plant was responsible for 10% of the total CO2 emissions in Belgium. Due to this the power plant was put in nonactive in 2007.