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Kokerei Hansa

Kokerei Hansa

Exploring an old coking plant

The Hansa coking plant in the German city of Dortmund operated for 64 years, but the factory closed its doors in 1992.

The coking plant was protected as a monument in 1998. Hansa was the only survivor of 17 coking factories that sprang up like mushrooms in the Ruhr area during the 1920s.

Now, you can get lost among the quenching tower, under which the coke from the ovens was cooled, the wooden cooling towers, the distillation towers, the forty-meter-high coal bunker, or the battery of ovens where the coal was heated into coke.

The 1000°C hot gases were blown away through a maze of pipes to the distillation towers and other factories for reuse.

No factory without a machine hall, of course. There are five gigantic gas turbines in the Kokerei Hansa.

Coal mine

On the edge of the coking plant, you can still see the metal shaft tower of the Hansa coal mine.

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