8 Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Posted on October 2, 2014 by tim


A blogger calling himself Armahema has made an attempt to visit a recently abandoned factory which was making a highly corrosive tincture we know now by the name Sulfuric Acid. It looks like he got out of this location pretty safely and so we can see what he encountered inside. Spoiler: after reading this post you should have a basic understanding on how sulfuric acid is being made. Also there is a lot of sulphur inside. You are welcome to view the photos and read the story:

So this is the factory he went to. Even from here you can already see some yellowish spots that were probably caused by sulphur, which as has already been said is very abundant around this abandoned fctory.

Here is the sulphur. It’s everywhere there as you might guess, it’s the main ingredient used to prepare sulfuric acid. 

The specific purpose of this crane is to load and unload sulphur.  

Here, the sulphur was unloaded and special tractors or graders bulldozed the sulphur into those large openings at the sides.

Into these holes in the photo. These openings are the windows to the place where the sulphur was crushed and transported by the conveyor belt to the next stage of acid creation. 

So here is a piece of sulphur.

And this is a special oven. It’s called an injector oven or something like that. Why it is called an injector oven is because there are injectors inside this oven which spray the molten sulfur inside the oven where it burns and turns into a sulfur dioxide – a gas full of sulphur. The temperature of the gas when it exits the oven is over 1100 degrees centigrade. 

Later, the sulphur dioxide gas goes into these machines. 

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8 Responses to “Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry”

  1. Erik says:

    I wonder what it was like to work there .. ??

    Thanks to English Russia and to Armahema

  2. john says:

    Interesting, thanks for posting it.

  3. Ed says:

    Wonderful example of Russian technology.
    Russian sulfuric acid is among the best in the world.

  4. Bowner says:

    Impressive pictures, but what geography location did this take place in?

  5. Jon says:

    Very interesting post. Thanks

  6. aldebaran says:

    this place was not abandoned yesterday, it’s in disuse for decades

  7. Mike says:

    Haha, I love how the captions are written. “Barrels full of acid rain.” What makes this site so charming.

  8. WRichard says:

    A beautiful novel by C Ruiz Zafon begins with scenes is a sulfuric acid factory. My next exploration of the iNet took me here. The images here add to these scenes, especially being Russian.

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