EC2, also known as the Lodz Power Plant, was the second power plant in Lodz, Poland. Built in 1955 and designed in the Art Nouveau style, the power plant supplied the city with electricity, steam, and heat over the course of its 60-year operation.
Łódź is known for abandoned factories from the 19th century and was once the industrial capital of Poland. However, over the following years, cables were laid and an electricity network was built up. These stunning photographs of the power station EC2 in Łódź, Poland, were taken by Bajdarka Blog.
Historical Facts about EC2 Power Plant in Łódź
The history of power plants in Lodz began on May 25th, 1906 when, at a plot located at 1 Targowa Street, construction work on the first commercial power plant EC1 in Łódź commenced. It was finally completed in the late summer of 1907.
By 1928, a machine factory and foundry were constructed near the plant site and the Brown Boveri turbine set was launched for the first time. After World War 2, in 1948, the city planned to create a heating network powered by four heat and power plants, including the Łódź power plant, which was to be converted accordingly. In 1953, the power plant commenced generating steam for the needs of Łódź’s industry.
Eventually, it was recognized that the city needed a combined heat and power plant, which brought about the creation of EC2 on Wróblewskiego Street. Construction of EC2 Power Station began in 1955 and the plant was ready to go in 1960.
EC2 became the second coal-fueled power station in Łódź. In 1961, EC2 boasted six-turbine sets and eight boilers. The plant was extended in 1966 with the addition of a new boiler and turbine, and further new boilers were installed in the 1970s. The power plant ceased operation in 2015 and was sold two years later.
The new owner started the demolition of the EC2 in February 2019. But the Łódź Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments notified the prosecutor’s office that Hakamore was acting illegally, and the demolition process was halted.
An inspection was carried out, and it was ordered that the cooling tower and control room should be put back into the state they were in before demolition had started. Despite being saved at the last moment, the fate of this historic site remains uncertain. The last news reports are dated late 2021 when the factory was still in ruins.
Stunning Photos of EC2 Power Plant
You may find 50 stunning photos of an abandoned EC2 power plant in Lodz, Poland. The cooling chimney of EC2 is considered one of the best urbex locations in Poland. Below you may have a look at the abandoned green control panel, turbine room, old cooling tower, and administration buildings.
The traveler group, BAJDARKA, is passionate about history and photography. On their blog, BAJDARKA you can find pictures of both stunning places and decaying buildings. In addition, you can follow their works on social networks. During their visit to Lodz, they made incredible photos of the EC2 power plant.
How To Get to the EC2 Power Plant with Public Transport?
The most convenient way to get to EC2 Power Plant in Lodz if you arrive at Chopin Airport in Warsaw is to take an intercity bus or train.
- Take a train from the Chopin international airport (Okęcie) to the Central Railway Station Warszawa Centralna. It will take approximately few minutes.
- Get down at Central Railway Station Warszawa Centralna and take a train to Lodz-Fabryczna Station.
- At Lodz-Fabryczna take a taxi or walk to Wróblewskiego Street. The abandoned EC2 Power Plant located on Wróblewskiego Street