Monday, January 25, 2016

NORWAY ~Vemork Power Plant - UNESCO ~

...A great piece of industrial heritage surrounded by beautiful scenery...Thanks a lot Joey!!

The town of Rjukan is situated in a deep valley in the mountainous southern Norway,  where the sun shines via huge mirrors and mighty waterfalls plunge from high cliffs into deep gorges below.

Vemork is the name of a hydroelectric power plant outside Rjukan in Tinn. The plant was built by Norsk Hydro and opened in 1911, its main purpose being to fix nitrogen for the production of fertilizer. Vemork was later the site of the first plant in the world to mass-produce heavy water developing from the hydrogen production then used for the Haber process. During World War II, Vemork was the target of Norwegian heavy water sabotage operations. The heavy water plant was closed in 1971, and in 1988 the power station became the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum.

In the museum  you can see exhibitions about industry and the industrial worker, the dramatic sabotages on the heavy water production plant and the race to develop an atom bomb.

Tourism - Oslo Viking Ship Museum
(Issued 28-04-2014)

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