TURBOnews December / 2014


Whether it is the extremest conditions in the world or the highest possible requirements on performance and quality the innovative and revolutionary TURBOMATIC heating system, introduced to the concrete industry by Polarmatic in the early 1980’s, can meet any challenge – however demanding.

The TURBOMATIC heating system can today be found all over the world where superior heating power, efficient and reliable performance and high concrete quality is needed: from oil & gas fields at the Siberian Arctic seashore to the high Himalayas in India, from the coast of Norway to the Northeastern provinces of China and north of the Arctic Circle in Finland, the TURBOMATIC heating system has proven to be the right solution for concrete production – even in the most extreme conditions.

The TURBOMATIC is also the optimum solution when the highest concrete quality is required: when constructing Nuclear power stations, in Hydroelectric damm projects, in the manufacture of tunnel elements, hollow core slabs and railway sleepers, just to name a few. With the TURBOMATIC heating system it is possible to produce concrete at the desired capacity and temperature at all times – even during the most extreme winter conditions. In addition to securing the production and quality, the TURBOMATIC also provides significant savings in fuel costs – along with savings in other operating as well as maintenance costs. The lowest possible fuel consumption along with possible savings in cement consumption makes the TURBOMATIC the most environmentally friendly heating system for concrete production.


Nuclear power stations require the highest possible quality of concrete. The TURBOMATIC heating system, which guarantees the optimum concrete temperature and water-to-cement-ratio at all times, was the natural choice of the concrete producer for the Olkiluoto project in Eurajoki Finland. The TURBOMATIC heating system is utilized in the production of concrete for nuclear reactor #3 at the Olkiluoto nuclear power station. The OL3 project is executed by the French-German consortium formed by AREVA and Siemens AG.


The 190 meter tall “turning torso” is the landmark of Malmö, Sweden which can be seen all the way acrossthe Öresund to Denmark. The tallest buildings in Scandinavia rose with the help of Polarmatic’s TURBOMATIC heating system which enabled the concrete producer to produce concrete at the required quality throughout the entire year.


Wind turbines represent one of the most demanding constructions in regards to the quality of the concrete. When constructing the lower sections of the wind turbine out of concrete the concrete temperature and homogenious quality are essential in order to guarantee the desired result. The TURBOMATIC - which can guarantee a stable concrete temperature at all times - is the perfect solution for the production of wind turbines. Due to its mobility the TURBOMATIC is also the perfect solution when constructing the foundations of wind turbines – even in the most remote locations.


Hebron is a heavy oil field estimated to have 400 - 700 million barrels of recoverable resources. The field was first discovered in 1981, and is located offshore Newfoundland and Labrador in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin 350 kilometres southeast of St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. The water depth at Hebron is approximately 92 metres. Polarmatic Oy has delivered two (2) TURBOMATIC heating systems for the project. The TURBOMATIC heating systems, designed for a capacity of 3 MW each, will take care of thawing (the ice in) the aggregates, heating the aggregates and of the generation of warm dosing water. The chilled water system will also be connected to the TURBOMATIC providing a innovative and efficient manner of handling also cooling required in the concrete production during the summer months. According to the construction site manager: “we had a very harsh winter but we were able to produce exactly according to plan“.

Polarmatic’s experience in demanding oil & gas field projects extends literally from the Hebron project in the Atlantic through the Arctic sea to the Sakhalin peninsula in the Pacific ocean; and goes back to the early 1990’s.


A typical example of a value adding application of the TURBOMATIC heating system is the concrete factory of Dachser GmbH & Co. KG in Türkheim, Germany.

The concrete produced by Dachser GmbH is used by Mindelheim-based building contractor Glass GmbH, which manufactures special components for tunnel construction – tunnel lining segments – at its precast factory located right next to the concrete mixing plant. These special segments set standards in respect of their manufacturing tolerances which cannot be compared to conventional precast components.

One of the requirements to ensure the required quality of the tunnel lining segments is the temperature of the concrete. The temperature of the concrete must at all times be minimum 20–21 ºC.


The TURBOMATIC heating system is the perfect solution for demanding conditions and high quality requirements such as Hydroelectric power station dams.

A good example is the Linthal Hydroelectric power station project: After a winter of not being able to produce concrete more than about 10% of the planned amount, the Swiss concrete producer ARGE decided to replace the air-based heating system with a TURBOMATIC heating system handling all the batching plants heating needs and securing the required winter (concrete) production capacity for the storage-type hydroelectric power plant under construction in Linthal, Switzerland.


The TURBOMATIC heating system - with its many benefits such as superior heating power enabling high quality concrete production under all temperature conditions, significant fuel cost savings and the inherent environmental friendliness among others - has always been the top of the world, but now Polarmatic has found itself literally“ on the top of the world”.

The TURBOMATIC for the Rohtang Pass Highway Tunnel Project in Northern India is installed at an elevation of about 3000 meters above the sea level in the Himalajas. The TURBOMATIC provides the required heating power to enable concrete production and thus construction work can be continued throughout the whole year; even during the cold winter months.

The weather conditions at the South Portal are quite severe with the monsune bringing heavy rains from the Indian Ocean during the summer and heavy snow fall during the winter when temperature reaches well below -10ºC.

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