Photography by Yann Mornet

Terres Rouges Plant

By Yann Mornet • Urbex Report • 9 Nov 2012 •

In the Southwestern part of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Terres Rouges is an natural area, approximately the same size as the canton of Esch-sur-Alzette. Terres Rouges, means literally “Red Soil“, this name was given because of the red to black color of the soil caused by the presence of iron oxide.

Due to its proximity to iron and coal mines, 6 furnaces were constructed during the XXth century. The presence of a forge and an ironworks were recorded since 1593. This area had been one of the most dynamic steel production in West Europe until recent years.

This power plant was built in 1951. It is a thermal plant which aim was to burn coal gas emitted by the surrounding furnaces and 3 boiling units were necessary to handle the total gas production. The plant had been in operation until 1997 when the furnaces were retired from service one after the other: with the decreasing production of steel in the 90s, insufficient gas was produced and the plant had to cease activity. The cooling towers were demolished in 2002 and so were the pipes channels linking the gas to the plant. As of now, only the main building remains, waiting for its final destruction probably in the next few months.

I also made a few videos to give another view of what you can find inside the plant. Running videos may take a while.

Raining Inside

The Wind in the Fan

Boiling Unit

Thanks to Ah-Chi who assists me in editing my English documentation.