The history of the Kaiserstuhl coking plant in Dortmund

The history of the Kaiserstuhl coking plant in Dortmund

“On the way to the most modern coking plant in the world”

The construction of the new Kaiserstuhl III coking plant – celebrated in the 1990s as the most modern coking plant in the world, but decommissioned after eight years of operation due to economic conditions – is regarded as interesting because it marks the end point of various industrial/social, technological and economic lines of developments within the structural crisis of the Ruhr mining industry.

 The story of the Kaiserstuhl coking plant in Dortmund goes back to the second half of the 19th century. As a coking plant attached to the mining industry, it always had close technical and operational links with the nearby Hoesch AG and thus with the iron smelting industry. The comparatively long period of operation makes the Kaiserstuhl coking plant a particularly suitable subject for a close analysis using the methods of modern business history. The study can also draw on the holdings of the Bergbau-Archiv, which offers an extensive collection of sources. Furthermore, the project is being carried out in collaboration with the former coking plant inspector of BAG Westfalen, Dipl.-Ing. Wolf-Dieter Koßke, Dortmund, whose career is closely linked with this facility. This constitutes a rare research opportunity, and a valuable supplement to source-based historical analysis.
The aim of the project is to produce a business history of the Kaiserstuhl coking plant within the economic, technological and social context of the German and international coking industry. The project is based on the critical analysis of written company records, most of which are preserved in the Bergbau-Archiv Bochum. Moreover, the participation of the former coking plant inspector Wolf-Dieter Koßke gives access to a wealth of information which is not available in writing. Interviews with him and representatives of the former staff of the Kaiserstuhl coking plant provide important insights for oral history research.


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Funding

offen; ggf. Verein Deutscher Kokereifachleute e.V

Duration

2009 - 2012