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Power Plant

Did you know that …

… the Power Plant, with a length of 170 metres, is longer than a football pitch?

… the ten former large gas machines were powered by the blast furnace gas which was an inevitable by-product of the blast furnace process? They were large combustion engines built by ‘Thyssen & Co’ in Mülheim.

... the Meiderich machines generated between 1,000 and 3,000 HP?

… until 1965 the Power Plant provided power not only to the whole ironworks, but also to the adjacent workers’ housing estate on Neubreisacher Strasse?

… about 100 workers were employed in the plant to service, manage, repair and clean the machines?

… when the switch to electric turbo blowers was completed in 1970, the hall was completely closed and used only to store spare parts?

… the large format black and white photos, incorporated in a frieze on the outside wall below the roof, depict blast furnaces, water and winding towers, and they have established a world-wide reputation for the married artists Bernd and Hilla Becher from Düsseldorf?

… the hall has an area of 6,000 square metres?

... major events of all kinds are held here today?

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