First Francis turbine in a crude oil pipeline put into operation


On September 21, 2018 the Transalpine Oil Pipeline (TAL) officially put the world’s first recovery station that uses a Francis turbine into operation.

The Taimeralm energy recovery station is located in the municipality of Mittersill (Salzburg) at an altitude of around 1,335 m above the sea. The Transalpine Pipeline carries crude oil from Trieste to Ingolstadt via the Alps. This innovative and worldwide unique station allows the potential energy in the gradient north of the Felbertauern tunnel to be used for the first time to recover energy in an environmentally friendly manner. The energy is recovered by means of a Francis turbine with a directly coupled synchronous generator. The electricity produced is fed into the grid.

The bottleneck capacity of the Taimeralm energy recovery station amounts to 2,500 kW. An annual power generation of approx. 11.5 GWh is achieved. This corresponds to around 12 % of the annual energy demand of TAL Austria or the average annual energy demand of 3,000 households. The difference in altitude between the high point at Felbertauern and the station is 237 metres.

ILF Consulting Engineers has been a partner of TAL in this project since 2006 and was responsible for the following services: feasibility studies (2006 and 2009), conceptual design and site definition, permit application design, tender design incl. award of contract, site supervision, support during commissioning and management of authority notifications.


ILF at the International Pipeline Conference (IPC) 2018


ILF Consulting Engineers is pleased to announce its participation in the “International Pipeline Conference (IPC)”, taking place in Calgary from September 24 to September 28, 2018.

We look forward to many inspiring conversations with visitors at booth 726, where we will be exhibiting our competences and experience in the field of Midstream, or as part of scheduled meetings (Hyatt Regency, TELUS Conference Center, Calgary, AB, Canada). Let us know how we can help you tackle your challenges (;!

More information can be found here:


ILF as Session Sponsor for Gastech 2018 in Barcelona


ILF Consulting Engineers announces its participation in the Gastech 2018 Conference held in Barcelona from September 17 to September 20 as a Session Sponsor. Dr. Stefan Buerkle and Mr. Bernhard Puerzer will represent ILF and host the session ‘Small Scale LNG / LNG Powered Vehicles’.

We will be most happy to meet you at Gastech to receive your questions and help you tackle your challenges. To arrange a meeting upfront, contact us at

For further information, please visit the official Gastech website:


ILF Switzerland in its own digital guise


As of now, ILF Switzerland is presenting itself on its own website. The new page is integrated into the main page, but differs in local contacts, job offers and references and links to an adapted company and service description.

ILF Switzerland is looking forward to your visit to ““. Alternatively, you can also open the page by clicking on Country Sites at


ILF at the 26th ICOLD World Congress


ILF Consulting Engineers will be represented at the 26th ICOLD World Congress, organized by the Austrian National Committee on Large Dams (ATCOLD), in the Austria Center Vienna from July 2 to July 5, 2018. ICOLD is the world-wide dam commission, comprising more than ninety national committees across the globe, including ATCOLD. ILF supports the ICOLD World Congress as a Bronze Sponsor.

On July 4, 2018 at 17:50, Dr. Christian Auel will be presenting on the “Rehabilitation of the Mud Mountain Bypass Tunnel Invert” during the session “Q100 – Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainable Development”.

We look forward to greeting you at our stand, number 45. For questions prior to the event, please contact For further information, please visit the website at


ILF provides expertise for hydropower for South Korea


ILF Consulting Engineers was assigned a contract to support a research project regarding operation and maintenance of pumped storage power plants by the Sejong University in Seoul in the Republic of Korea. The project is supported by KHNP (Korea Hydro Nuclear Power Company), owner and operator of all existing pumped storage power plants in the Republic of Korea.

The main purpose of the project is to establish replacement and repair frequencies of principal equipment and components in pumped storage power plants in the Republic of Korea. Among other things, the research project considers the differences between the European and the Korean approach to operate and maintain pumped storage power plants.

ILF will analyze data, documents and operational management strategies in Europe related to the life cycle of pumped storage power plants.

ILF supports Tyrolean engineers of the future


TINIP – the Tyrolean prize for young engineers has become a fixture in the annual program of the expert group “Engineering offices” of the Tyrolean Chamber of Commerce. In this event, outstanding final year projects and diploma projects of the graduates of the technical and vocational school were presented to the public and the winners were chosen by an expert panel.

It was already the eight time that the ILF office building in Rum near Innsbruck (Austria) served as the official venue for the presentations and the meeting of the expert panel of judges.

Being the sponsor, ILF was also present at the subsequent prize-giving ceremony at congresspark igls and had the opportunity to give the prize in the category 5 “Civil and underground engineering” to the winning team.

We would like to congratulate the TINIP winners in the individual categories and all participants on their extraordinary accomplishments!


The environment loves ILF Consulting Engineers


Two years ago, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) launched the Green Points initiative to make the public more aware of the contribution traveling by rail makes to protecting our environment and to reducing our carbon footprint. This initiative allows people, who use ÖBB trains for their business trips to collect green points, which are dedicated to specific environmental projects.

By advocating rail travel, ILF has managed to cut down CO2 emissions by 53.7 tonnes in the past year and to join the ranks of Austria’s most frequent train travellers. This marks a 30 % improvement in comparison to last year’s figures.

ILF highly appreciates the ÖBB initiative, as the sustainable protection of the environment is of utmost importance to our company both when designing structures and facilities and when performing day-to-day project works. We are delighted that by continuing to use ÖBB trains for business trips, we can make a valuable contribution to ensuring sustainability in Austria in years to come.

Legend: Bruno Mattle and Kathrin Klingler (both ILF), Günther Feuchtner (Vertrieb/Business-Travel ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG)


ILF at “International Conference Tunnel Safety and Ventilation”


ILF Consulting Engineers will be represented at the 9th International Conference “Tunnel Safety and Ventilation” in Graz, Austria from 12 to 14 June 2018.

Bernhard Kohl will give a presentation titled “Discussing the influence of congestion on tunnel safety – using the example of the Waterview Tunnel in Auckland“ on 13 June 2018 at 10:15 am in the “Graz” hall.

Furthermore, Oliver Senekowitsch will talk about the “Reproduction of human behaviour in risk models – validation of the relevant risk parameters based on proband tests“ also on 13 June 2018 at 09:25 am in the “Graz” hall.

In the afternoon (02:35 pm, “Graz” hall”) Reinhard Gertl will share his practical experience on the “Installation of the escape way ventilation system of the Dalaaser tunnel“ with you.

The speakers will be happy to receive questions or feedback. Let us know how we can help you tackle your challenges ( or or!

We look forward to also welcoming you at our booth no.16. For further information please go to the website at:


MEED Awards: ILF dazzles as National and GCC Winner of the Year


The MEED Awards celebrate excellence across the GCC – one of the world’s fastest moving, most disparate and vibrant markets – and recognize each winning company for the success of its business achievements.
At this year’s ceremony, which took place on 2 May 2018 in Dubai, ACWA POWER and ILF received the esteemed awards of National Winner and GCC Winner for the category “Power Project of the Year” by virtue of the value, the quality, and the success of the SHUAA Energy 1 – Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum 200 MW PV Solar Plant project.
The project is a part of the “Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030” initiative and the plant is the second phase of the 1 GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park which will be the world’s largest single-site solar park based on the Independent Power Producer model (IPP).

  • Legend from left to right: Mr. Richard Thompson (Editorial Director MEED), Dr. Abdel Kaher El Zaemey, Dr. Corrado Sommariva and Mr. Klaus Lässer (all ILF)

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ILF at the 4th International LNG Congress 2018


ILF Consulting Engineers pronounces its participation in the “4th International LNG Congress” held in Berlin from June 4 to June 5, 2018 as a Session Sponsor.

During this year’s congress, our experts will present our technical expertise in Small-Scale LNG Technologies and host the corresponding session (Mr. Bernhard Pürzer).

You are most welcome to visit us or schedule a meeting (Mercure Hotels MOA, Berlin, Germany) to learn about our competences and experience in the field of LNG. Let us know how we can help you tackle your challenges (! We are looking forward to your visit.

For further information, please visit the website at or read the interview with Mr. Pürzer using this link.


ILF helps to make a PhD position available at the TU Vienna


The overall goal of “SIC!” is to develop methods for an energy-optimized operation of industrial facilities, for their energy conversion, distribution and storage, and the investigation of their interaction with the framework conditions of the energy industry.

To this end, the University of Technology in Vienna, the Montanuniversität Leoben and AIT have jointly launched an initiative for a cooperative PhD program. ILF Consulting Engineers makes a significant contribution to the PhD topic “design optimization and dynamic component modeling for load flexible industrial energy supply facilities”. On the one hand the PhD position of the successful applicant will be sponsored by ILF and on the other hand an intense transfer of know-how is planned, which shall also include a market-oriented product innovation.

After the application procedure, the employment of the PhD candidate could start in June 2018. For details regarding the PhD position, click here.

Koralm Railway Line connects: breakthrough in Untersammelsdorf


One of the most challenging structures of the Koralm Railway Line, the Untersammelsdorf Tunnel near St. Kanzian (Austria), was officially completed with the breakthrough of the top heading in late April.

The Untersammelsdorf Tunnel is the most complex of six tunnel structures and has a total length of 665 m and a maximum overburden of 30 m. Large parts of the tunnel were excavated adopting the cut-and-cover method, while in the portal areas the top-down construction method was used. A tunnel rescue site for emergency services is being built at the tunnel’s western portal.

Together with partners of ÖBB Infrastruktur AG, ILF Consulting Engineers has been working on the design of the tunnel structures in the “Mittlern–Althofen” section since 2006.


Restructuring of ILF in North America


On May 4, 2018, COWI North America took over part of ILF-USA’s projects and workforce. ILF is restructuring its business in North America and will continue to serve clients in the USA in the sectors oil & gas, transportation, tunneling, energy and water. Whilst partly cooperating with COWI on a case-by-case basis, ILF has plans to expand its US presence from the ILF Denver office.

Sustainable energy supply through hydropower in Lao PDR


Chaleun Sekong Energy Co. Ltd. has recently awarded ILF Consulting Engineers and partners with the site supervision services for the Nam E-Moun hydropower project. This important plant has an installed capacity of 129 MW and is located in Southern Lao PDR. The project consists of a gated concrete gravity dam with a maximum height of 25.6 m and more than 15 km of tunnel structures.

The construction works are expected to take 42 months. In addition to the site supervision and commissioning services, ILF Consulting Engineers, together with partners, has also been requested by Chaleun Sekong Energy Co. Ltd. to assist with the selection of the electro-mechanical equipment.

Legend: Mr. Litsamy Latsavong, Managing Director & CFO of Chaleun Sekong Energy Co.,Ltd and Dr. Matthias Beisler, Managing Director of ILF-THA, Mr. Chanthanom PHOMMANY (background, 2nd from left), ChairMan President of Chaleun Sekong Energy Co.,Ltd and Mr. Viraphonh VIRAVONG (background, 4th from left) former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Energy of Mines in Lao PDR

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Drinking water transport continues to be ensured for Saudi Arabia


In early April 2018 the EPC contractor Mapa Construction and Trade Co. Inc. commissioned ILF Consulting Engineers to carry out the detailed design for the Rabigh-Jeddah/Makkah Water Transmission System in Saudi Arabia. It is one of the largest drinking water transmission systems ever tendered by the client and owner SWCC.

The overall system comprises two independent pipeline systems (Rabigh-Jeddah/Makkah and Rabigh-Mastorah) which are both supplied by the new Rabigh desalination plant. The total throughput amounts to 1.3 million m³/d and is transported from Rabigh to Makkah and Briman respectively via a 200 km long 80” twin line. In total 684 km of pipeline will be laid and 8 pump groups will be installed. 12 reservoir stations will be erected along the pipeline. The total storage capacity of the steel tanks in the different stations is 3177 m³.

ILF’s scope of work includes hydraulics and process, all stations and buildings including housing compounds for the future operating personnel, and the entire pipeline system. Furthermore ILF supports the EPC contractor in the design of the mechanical equipment, the commissioning of the transport system on site and prepares the operating manual for the overall system.



Kick-off for linking up Ghana and Burkina Faso


Earlier this year, the Ministry of Railway Development commissioned ILF Consulting Engineers, together with partners, to provide design services for a railway line from Kumasi to Paga.

The 595 km long greenfield railway line shall link up Ghana with neighboring Burkina Faso with a design speed of up to 160 km/h. The project will improve railway and logistics infrastructure as part of an integrated transport network in Ghana and help to improve services to customers and reduce the cost of transportation.

ILF and its partners are in charge of the feasibility study to determine the economic, financial, social and environmental viability of the proposed railway corridor. clomid online, acquire clomid.

Groundbreaking ceremony for environmentally friendly electricity


After an intensive design and approval phase the groundbreaking ceremony for the GroAYinzersdorf Wind Farm (Lower Austria) took place in early April this year.

The EUR 17 million project is meant to supply 7,500 households with clean electricity as early as this year. The wind farm consists of three wind turbine facilities with a total of 9.9 MW and is an important step towards renewable energy and climate protection in Austria.

ILF Consulting Engineers was commissioned by WindLandKraft GmbH to carry out the design and project management services for the wind farm including roads and crane hardstand areas as well as cabling to the substation.


Switzerland’s largest pumped storage plant put into operation


After a construction period of approx. 10 years, the new Limmern pumped storage power plant (Switzerland) of “Kraftwerke Linth-Limmern AG” was commissioned with a ceremony at the end of March 2018.

With an output of 1,000 MW, the new power plant is the largest pumped storage power plant in Switzerland and has a height difference of 620 m. The dam, located at 2,470 m above sea level, is the highest dam in Europe.

For Switzerland and the international electricity industry, the power plant is a huge battery that can be used in an environmentally friendly way to stabilize the grid and to ensure peak coverage.

Together with partners, ILF Consulting Engineers had already been entrusted with the design of the underground facilities (powerhouse, transformer cavern, pressure tunnel, surge tank, access tunnel, energy discharge tunnel) in 2009.

Legend: Representatives of the engineering companies in front of a disassembled impeller


“SUSTAINABILITY – A Way to Abundance” by Dr. Corrado Sommariva


ILF is excited to announce the brand new book “SUSTAINABILITY – A Way to Abundance” by Dr. Corrado Sommariva. The book covers sustainability from various perspectives and presents a very promising vision of abundance based on the conclusion that profit can also be associated with sustainability and environmental protection. The book is a “must-read” for all who are interested in the super important topic of sustainability and is available at CRC Press as hardback or eBook.

Dr. Sommariva is a world-class expert for desalination and as Managing Director of ILF in the UAE in charge for the energy and water business. Moreover, in his function as Group Director Sustainability, he promotes sustainability advisory across the globe.