The company inherited a steel industry with significant debts and production overcapacity based on blast furnace production rather than electric furnace recycling, with numerous factory sites in constrained city locations, and adversely affected by competition in the export market from new steel producing countries such as South Korea and Brasil. The need to streamline was complicated by regional dependence on employment by the steel industry.
The steel plant was supplied by rail using 130t capacity torpedo wagons. The plant had three LD converters, facilities for iron desulphurisation and vacuum treatment. Production is by continuous casting with a capacity of 3.5million tonnes per annum, the primary product is hot rolled steel coil up to 2m wide.
In October 2011 AM announced the closure of liquid steel (“hot phase”) at Heavy Metal, Part of the site is still live which includes a Hot rolling Mill which briefly stopped in from May to April 2009 due to the economic downturn caused by the financial crisis of 20072010.
The liquid steel buildings were closed in 2012 and the rest of the site hangs in the balance as of 2013.
Heavy Metal is a very large steel works in Belgium operational during the 1960’s and closed down around 2012. A massive structure with loads to explore. So big I lost my wife whilst in here and took me an hour to find her.
Yesterday went for an explore at Pyestock. Ex MOD and about 35 acres of large metal objects. Tons of cool stuff to climb on, but not so much fun when lugging a lot of camera gear around. Red Dwarf was filmed here and this part looks familiar.
For over 50 years Pyestock was at the forefront of gas turbine development. It was probably the largest site of its kind in the world. V bomber, Harrier and Tornado engines were tested on site. The power of the air house allowed Concorde’s engines to be tested at 2,000 mph. Every gas turbine installed in Royal Navy ships was checked here; captured Soviet engines were discreetly examined.
NGTE Pyestock closed down in 2000 and decommissioned
I took my Lexus SC430 out last night to do some night shots and light painting. After I did my light painting I drove around for a while stopping off here and there to take some shots of the car at various locations. My last stop off was at the Hackbridge industrial estate where I took this shot.