Urbex: ECVB Power Plant
A co-worker was showing me some pictures of an old factory he went photographing, I instantly fell in love with urbex 🥰. It reminded me of a steampunk game I used to play; BioShock. I just wanted to do this as well!
A brief history:
In the 1900s many Belgian villages were still lit using petroleum lamps, as electricity hadn’t been made available. By 1913, many of these had been updated to Kerosene lamps.
In 1903, the company that owned the tram system that serviced the canals founded a regional electricity company the "Société Centrale d’Electricité du Brabant" (CEB). The Oisquercq power plant in Western Brabant, which was the first major power plant in the country, became part of CEB.
In 1905 , the "Reunions Societes d’Energie du Bassin de l’Escaut" emerged in Antwerp (this is later to be known as Electrabel).
In 1911 Baron Floris Van Loo, with the help of the Bank of Outremer, built the the first power plant in Langerbrugge. Langerbrugge is situated in the Ghent canal area, it is joined with Kerkbrugge, to make the residential area Kerkbrugge-Langerbrugge which is part of the municipality of Evergem. Langerbrugge is located on the western side of the canal Ghent-Terneuzen and this plant was to make the industrial development of the entire canal possible.