The coking plant 'Kaisertuhl III' has been in operation from 1992
until December 15, 2000. The generosity of it's owner company,
the 'DSK', made the following photographs possible.
No trace is left of it's predecessors 'Kaiserstuhl I' (closed 1895)
and 'Kaiserstuhl II' (1926 - 1991).
The plant differs from other abandoned industrial installations:
it is clean and shiny and looks almost like new.
The ultra-modern coking plant has been constructed by a syndicate
at a cost of about 700 million Euros.
The coking plant was equipped with a dry quenching installation,
an ecologically beneficial and efficient way to quench the
coke by use of an inert gas.
Two batteries, each consisting of 60 ovens
(inner dimensions 18 m x 7.64 m x 0.61 m),
produced about 6000 tonnes of coke per day, which was
primarily used in the adjoining blast furnaces of the
'Westfalenhütte'. Most of the coal originated from the
mine 'Heinrich Robert'.