Iron & Steel Industry
Blast furnace "B" of ARBED Esch-Belval
Blast furnace "B" went into operation in 1970. With a crucible diameter of 9.2 m, a Paul Wurth engineered, "stopperless" type mouth and a daily capacity of 3 100 tonnes, it was one of the most efficient blast furnaces of its era. Its total production exceeded 20 million tonnes over its 27 year working life. It was overhauled in July/August 1993 and ceased operation in August 1994, but was recommissioned on 23 January 1995. Blast furnace B was the last of its kind remaining in operation on Luxembourg soil until the end of 1997, the date of its final closure and the completion of the Luxembourg steel industry’s conversion to the electricity grid.
The Esch-Belval site will become a prototype project in the conversion and renewal of industrial wasteland currently being planned by the state, local authorities and ARBED. The idea is to create in the coming years not only a cultural site of industrial and archaeological interest, but also a "science, research and innovation park".
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Combined photogravure (3 colours) and intaglio (1 col.)
27,66 x 40,20 mm, 20 stamps per sheet;
Jacques Doppée, Brussels;
Guillaume Broux, Malines;