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Photo Essay – Urban Exploration: Heavy Machinery Plant – Cluj-Napoca

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

One of the old, abandoned CUG halls. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

First photo essay of the year with a one of my favourite subjects, urban exploration! Today I go to the CUG, Combinat de Utilaj Greu (Heay Machinery Plant), that was created in the 1970’s to become a state of the art plant. 30 years laters and the chute of the regime went by, the CUG is now the phantom of what it used to be.

Come with me for a visit of this highly rated urban exploration spot!

 

Urban Exploration – Heavy Machinery Plant – Cluj-Napoca

Urban Exploration – Heavy Machinery Plant – Cluj-Napoca


The Cluj-Napoca CUG (Combinat de Utilaj Greu – or Heavy Machinery Plant) has been created in 1970, during the most prolific years of the communist regime in Romania. The CUG put the basis for a then state of the art factory producing energy oriented equipments: household boilers, industrial boilers, equipments for thermal centrals…

From 1976 the CUG extended its domain to metallurgic tools for iron casting foundries, shortly followed by steel foundries and the production of tools allowing hot steel manipulation and casting. Meanwhile, the whole site kept being modernised with internal railways, production of pure oxygen, laboratories for mechanical and chemical tests, mechanical presses for car parts casting, hydraulics engineering…

In 1985 around 8000 employees were working at CUG. After the fall of the communist regime, the needs of heavy machinery felt down dramatically, the plants started to close one after another and the CUG got split in 8 different companies. In 2002, only 617 employees were still working at the CUG, leaving a big part of the site totally empty.

Of course, the whole site is not empty, there are still companies running their business there. But if has become a highly recommended spot for urban exploration. Even if it has been abandoned quite a long time ago, and despite the obvious traces of decay, the building has been kept quite clean. I can’t wait to come back to CUG, and explore the remaining factory that are waiting to have some activity again, even if it’s just photography 😉

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

There’s nothing like a hall that is almost 200 meters long…

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

…by 30 meters high.

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

The dismantling left some scars, and a few victims.

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

On the right, the initial hall. On the left, the extension built in the mid 80’s.

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

The control center for cranes and railways activities.

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The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

A view of the extension.

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

Behind, the second hall of the complex. Another urban exploration target 😉

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

The heavy lifting cranes. The can move freely across the whole hall. Only one remains.

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

Close up of the control center.

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

The showers. “Keep it clean” is painted on the wall. Quite an irony.

The forgotten factory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

Time to leave for today, but for sure I’ll be back. There is still a lot to explore at CUG!

That’s it for this first urban exploration photo essay. Keep in touch for more updates if you love old abandoned buildings, rust and decay!

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