Monceau-Sur-Sambre power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Monceau-Sur-Sambre power station is a retired 216-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Hainaut Province, Belgium.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in Charleroi, a town in Hainaut Province, Belgium.

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The coal-fired Monceau-Sur-Sambre power station (previously known as Power Plant IM) was originally built in 1921 by Electrabel. Several units were taken down and reconstructed throughout its operation. In 1977 the power plant was the main source of electricity for its local area. New components that allowed for the burning of natural gas were also added to the plant during the 70s; a large pipeline was built between the power plant and a nearby gas supply site to supply fuel.[2]

In the early 2000s, it was discovered that the Monceau-Sur-Sambre power plant was responsible for 10% of Belgium's total CO2 emissions. Protests from civilian groups, particularly Greenpeace, arose in 2006. The plant closed in 2007 after all the negative press, although some facilities (mainly pumps) remained in operation until 2010, when it was fully abandoned.[2] Demolition of the site began in 2014 and lasted until 2020.

For more on Belgium's coal plants, see Belgium and Coal.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Electrabel
  • Parent company: Engie
  • Location: Hainaut Province, Belgium
  • Coordinates: 50.4034, 4.3844 (exact)
  • Coal type: Hard coal
  • Coal source:
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 216 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired (unknown combustion technology), 50 MW (start-up in 1949)
    • Unit 10: Coal-fired (unknown combustion technology), 116 MW (start-up in 1964)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired (unknown combustion technology), 50 MW (start-up in 1949)

Articles and Resources


  1. "Power Plant IM". Atlas Obscura. August 16, 2020. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Centrale Électrique de Monceau-sur-Sambre | Abandoned and Lost Places". Abandoned and Lost Places. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2021-05-20.