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ILF works on one of the world’s largest water transmission system

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In September 2018 ILF Consulting Engineers was awarded the contract for the detailed design services for the Jubail-Riyadh Water Transmission System.

The 412 km long twin pipeline, with two 88” pipes, will be one of the largest water transmission systems worldwide, and will transport 1.2 million m³ of potable water per day. The project includes one pumping station in Jubail, two intermediate pumping stations along the route, and two tank farms each with a storage capacity of 1.2 million m³.

For the implementation of the project, the Owner SWCC chose the EPC Contractors LIMAK (station construction) and RTCC (pipeline construction). Both contractors have commissioned ILF for the design works. ILF’s scope covers design services for all disciplines including site support during commissioning.

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Another highlight for ILF at the Gotthard Road Tunnel

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Just recently, ILF Consulting Engineers was awarded a contract for the design of the second tunnel tube of the Gotthard road tunnel in a consortium with three other engineering firms.

Having a length of 17 km, the Gotthard road tunnel is the fourth longest road tunnel in the world and the longest road tunnel in the Alps. In addition to several cross connections to the existing tunnel and underground ventilation stations, the project also comprises two 5-km-long access tunnels and associated external facilities.

The design will start in November with the preparation of the detailed design. This will be followed by the preparation of tender documents and the challenging construction design through to commissioning. ILF is looking forward to applying its wide-ranging experience from the Gotthard Base Tunnel project and other road tunnels to this project.

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ILF wins contract for Deutsche Bahn pilot project

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In late October 2018 ILF Consulting Engineers won a contract, in an engineering consortium with three other German engineering offices, for the general design works incorporating the renewal and rehabilitation of the approx. 56 km long railway line from Flieden to Gemünden (Hesse/Bavaria) of DB Netz AG.

The project is considered a pilot project as essential parts of the renewal and rehabilitation of the line that was put into operation in 1868 have to be carried out in the course of a complete closure of the route section and within a period of one year.

The key element of the measure is the complete renewal of five tunnel structures on this route, with ILF being responsible for a significant part of the tunnel design services.

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ILF at the 23rd International Conference “Oil and Gas of Turkmeni

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ILF Consulting Engineers is pleased to announce its participation, as an official sponsor, in the 23rd International Conference “Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan 2018” (OGT) taking place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from November 20 to November 21, 2018.

As part of this year’s conference, our experts will present their technical expertise in the field of associated gas usage, during session 1 on day 2 (Mr. Michael Napel), as well as their expertise in pipelines and project management, during the discussion session on the TAPI pipeline project on day 2 (Dr. Stefan Buerkle).

Feel free to visit us or schedule a meeting to learn about our competencies and experience with oil and gas projects. Let us know how we can help you tackle your challenges (info.muc@ilf.com)!

For further information on the conference, please visit the website at http://ogt-tm.org/.

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ILF donates to Laos Flood Victims

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Following the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam collapse in the Attapeu province in southern Laos, on 23 July, 2018, a tidal wave of mud and water not only destroyed many villages and fields, but also took 66 lives.
Some 100 people are still missing and around 6,500 people have lost their homes.

Since ILF has been involved in the successful implementation of hydropower plants in the country for around three years, the company has made a donation of 5,000 USD to the flood victims to aid them in the restoration of their livelihoods.

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ILF at the 9th Arab-German Energy Forum

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ILF Consulting Engineers is pleased to announce its participation, as an official sponsor, in the “9th Arab-German Energy Forum”, taking place in Cairo from October 24 to October 25, 2018.

As part of the Oil & Gas Panel 4 at this year’s congress, our experts will present their technical expertise in project organization, during the presentation “Oil & Gas – Cooperation Perspectives and Egypt’s Transformation into a Regional Hub for Trading” (Joel Toé).

Feel free to visit us or to schedule a meeting to learn about our competencies and experience with oil and gas projects.

Let us know how we can help you tackle your challenges (info.muc@ilf.com)!

For further information, please visit the website at https://energy.ghorfa.de.

First Francis turbine in a crude oil pipeline put into operation

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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.

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ILF at the International Pipeline Conference (IPC) 2018

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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 (info.muc@ilf.com; info.canda@ilf.com)!

More information can be found here: https://www.asme.org/events/ipc

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ILF as Session Sponsor for Gastech 2018 in Barcelona

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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 info.muc@ilf.com.

For further information, please visit the official Gastech website: http://www.gastechevent.com/

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ILF Switzerland in its own digital guise

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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 “switzerland.ilf.com“. Alternatively, you can also open the page by clicking on Country Sites at www.ilf.com.

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ILF at the 26th ICOLD World Congress

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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 kathrin.klingler@ilf.com. For further information, please visit the website at https://www.icoldaustria2018.com/home/

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ILF provides expertise for hydropower for South Korea

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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

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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!

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The environment loves ILF Consulting Engineers

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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)

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ILF at “International Conference Tunnel Safety and Ventilation”

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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 (bernhard.kohl@ilf.com or oliver.senekowitsch@ilf.com or reinhard.gertl@ilf.com)!

We look forward to also welcoming you at our booth no.16. For further information please go to the website at: https://lampx.tugraz.at/~tunnel2016/

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

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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

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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 (info.muc@ilf.com)! We are looking forward to your visit.

For further information, please visit the website at http://lngcongress.com/ or read the interview with Mr. Pürzer using this link.

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

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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

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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.

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Restructuring of ILF in North America

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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.