Kokerei Hansa

Built in 1928, this former coking plant offers guided tours & a coal tower with panoramic views.

At its peak, the Hansa Coking Plant produced up to 5200 tons of coke daily.
The production was a constant give and take. Because Hansa was connected to various companies in the mining industry in the Dortmund area: the coking plant received the coal to be coked from neighboring mines. It delivered its coke to the nearby Dortmund Union ironworks. From there, it obtained blast furnace gas, which was produced during the smelting of pig iron. The coking plant used this weak gas to heat its coke ovens and, in turn, supplied purified coke oven gas to industry and households.

Coking Plant Hansa. A Testament to Glowing Times.
The “Roaring Twenties” – a phrase that conjures fascinating images in our minds. Images of capitals, jazz musicians, dancing, variety shows, and ladies with cigarette holders – all clichés. Yet the 1920s were also a time of economic overcapacity, price declines, and various crises of the Weimar Republic.

In particular, in the Ruhr area, there was a push for rationalization, where the industry replaced small and uneconomical production facilities with large plants: concentration and corporate consolidation were the buzzwords. The coal and steel industry was no exception and was subject to these processes on a grand scale. Thus, in the late 1920s, 17 completely new large coking plants were built in the Ruhr area – one of which was the Hansa Coking Plant.

The Integrated Economy. A Give and Take.
The coking plant began its operations in 1928 and at times counted among the largest coking plants in the Ruhr area during its history. It knew no standstill and met the incredible demand of numerous steelworks that required coke to produce pig iron.

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