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By Mark McConville

 

EERIE images have revealed the rusting abandoned remains of one of the last UK coal-fired power stations.

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The haunting pictures show the exterior of the huge energy facility with smashed windows as well as the interior where much of the machinery remains.

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Other spooky shots show plants taking over part of the station floor, an office with desks scattered across the room and power dials on one of the machines.

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The striking photographs were taken at Lostock Power Station in Northwitch by an urban explorer who wished to remain anonymous.

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“This power station is desolate and unused for many years, truly abandoned,” they said.

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“It is a massive dark industrial space. In one of the images you can see steam rising from one of the walls. It was very Silent Hill.

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“I love the industrial places and the most the expansive space so I’m always looking for an opportunity to photograph those kinds of places.

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“This place was unnerving as it’s surrounded by active places and you had the feeling someone was going to come around the corner at any moment.”

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Bowman Thompson & Company originally owned the site but they sold it in 1900 to Brunner Mond whom with a seven year closure reconstructed the site producing sixty tonnes of soda ash a day.

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This figure rose to 800 tonnes a day in 1926 with all of the Brunner Mond assets being turned over to ICI.

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Lostock, as a coal fired powerstation, was decommissioned in 2000 when E.ON built their new Combined Heat & Power plant at Winnington.

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Lostock is due to be flattened for a new Sustainable Energy Plant to be built on the site. The Government gave the green light to Tata Chemicals Europe to construct and operate a 60MW energy from waste facility in Lostock Gralam back in 2012, but it has yet to be built.

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A waste treatment scheme called REnescience Northwich was granted planning permission to operate on part of the Lostock Works industrial site in 2016.

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The plant will produce biogas and generate around 5MW of renewable electricity, but it is not linked to Tata’s Lostock energy from waste facility.

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“Most people are shocked I have even attempted to go in there,” added the urban explorer.

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“There are always mentions of it looking like a level of a computer game and when I was there the wind was howling, objects were dropping from the ceiling and doors were banging so it was sketchy.

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“This is my favourite type of place to explore as it gives you a chance to see something you would never normally get to see and how it works.”

 

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