ILF awarded mainline FEED & Detailed Engineering for KAPS


Keyera Corp. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) recently awarded ILF Consulting Engineers the mainline FEED & Detailed Engineering contract for the estimated CAD 1.3 billion KAPS project.

KAPS is a natural gas liquids (NGL) and condensate pipeline system that will transport growing production from the Montney and Duvernay fields, in northwestern Alberta, to Fort Saskatchewan, north of Alberta’s capital city Edmonton. Keyera has partnered with SemCAMS Midstream ULC, owned jointly by SemGroup Corporation® and KKR, to develop this pipeline system.

Based on the current scope, KAPS will consist of a 16-inch condensate pipeline and a 12-inch NGL mix pipeline, associated pumping stations, including provisions for future expansion. The total mainline length per current scope is foreseen to be approximately 550 km. KAPS will initially be constructed from northwest of Grande Prairie and connect to Keyera’s Fort Saskatchewan Fractionation and Storage Facility (KFS).

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Participation at HOKO 2019 on November 6th


ILF will present itself at HOKO 2019 fair at the University of Applied Science in Munich and is looking forward to meet a lot of interesting and interested students as well as Young professionals personally. Our standnumber is A-33.

Furthermore we would like to inform you that we will give a lecture at 3 p.m. on the topic: „If petroleum gas, hydrogen, high voltage underground cables or photovoltaic-hybrid – how to plan the power supply of the future with ILF”.

See you there!


ILF at ECI SUS XIV Shotcrete Conference in Thailand


ILF Consulting Engineers is pleased to announce that Dr. Matthias Beisler, ILF’s managing director in Southeast Asia, will chair the International Conference on Shotcrete for Underground Support – ECI SUS XIV 2019 in Thailand, November 17th -20th, 2019.

ECI SUS XIV aims to pool the consolidated knowledge and experience from engineers, researchers and project managers from across the world, in order to share and discuss state-of-the-art technology and best practices in rock engineering, rock support methods, TBM tunneling and deep excavation. Several highly experienced experts from ILF Consulting Engineers will also give keynote speeches and technical presentations and will be pleased to engage in discussions with you.

The detailed conference program can be found on the ECI website ( Please do not hesitate to contact the conference chair ( if you have any questions.


Meet us at the international STUVA conference 2019


ILF Consulting Engineers will be present at the STUVA conference (International Forum for Tunnels and Infrastructure) taking place in Frankfurt/Germany from 26 to 28 November 2019.

Visit our booth C147 in exhibition hall 5.1 (Messe Frankfurt am Main, Germany) to learn more about our competence and experience and talk to us about how we can provide you with comprehensive support in the field of tunnel planning and design.

We would also be pleased to welcome you to one of our lectures:

  • 26/11/2019 at 11:15: Bernhard Kohl will present the new report “Prevention and Mitigation of Road Tunnel Related Collisions” from the Safety Working Group of the World Road Association PIARC
  • 26/11/2019 at 12:00: Sebastian Höser will report on the “Major Project Stuttgart 21: Kriegsberg Bifurcation Structure in the Bad Cannstatt Tunnel – Strengthening the Outer Lining, Reinforcement Measures, Sustainable Outer Shell”
  • 27/11/2019 at 14:30: Hubert Heis, Momchil Venkov and Benjamin Riedl will report on “Tunnel Safety – A Review of Specific Differences in Guidelines and Codes of Practice Country-by-Country as well as Practical Scrutiny Based on a Comparison of Tunnel Lighting”
  • 27/11/2019 at 15:00: Harald Kammerer and Michael Barth will report on “Possibilities for the (Partial) Use of Road Tunnels Given Reduced Capacity: Structural, Operational and Organisational Measures – The RITUN Research Project ”

We are looking forward to your visit and many interesting discussions! For further information please go to the website


Power Generation using Pipelines


ILF Consulting Engineers was commissioned by a well-known client to investigate the installation of a turbine for energy recovery in a potential crude oil pipeline system. Not only did this investigation have to make sure that the energy recovery system would not have a negative impact on the conveyance of oil, but also take account of the fact that pipelines are normally operated using different flow rates under changing pressure conditions.

To read more on the results of the investigation and the associated commercial aspects, take a look here or see the current issue of the International Oil & Gas Engineer.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at


ILF appointed as technical advisor for IFCs Scaling Solar Program


As part of the Scaling Solar Program, the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has signed an agreement with the Government of Togo to develop several grid-connected solar power projects with a combined capacity of up to 90 MW. Being the 6th country to join the IFC’s Scaling Solar Program, in Togo the Government is seeking to increase capacity so that growing energy demands can be met whilst at the same time reducing costs.

ILF Consulting Engineers has once again been chosen by the IFC to be the Technical Advisor for the implementation of this lighthouse project in Togo. Once completed, it will be Togo’s first utility-scale solar development of this kind.

For further information please contact us at

Solar Panel Array

Turning on the water at Hochalm II storage reservoir


The Hinterglemmer Bergbahnen have been able to start filling the expanded Hochalm II storage reservoir (Austria) on time – a modernization which has taken two years. The water reservoir for the snowmaking system of the Hochalm area was expanded in two construction stages. Works began on 4 June 2018, and water started flowing into the Hochalm II storage reservoir on 30 August 2019. Filling of the storage reservoir, which can hold 251,300 m³ of water, began on schedule.

By delivering innovative design and a clever construction sequence, ILF Consulting Engineers has been assisting its long-standing client with the expansion and strengthening of the Hochalm snow-making system since 2016. “The close cooperation with the Hinterglemmer Bergbahnen enabled our team to deliver an innovative project to secure snow conditions in Hinterglemm for future ski seasons,” says Gerhard Pumpernik, Head of the Department of Ski Resorts and Alpine Engineering at ILF.

ILF would like to thank the Hinterglemmer Bergbahnen for their confidence in ILF and congratulates them on accomplishing this milestone.

Erstebefüllung Speicherteich Hochalm

Protection of Critical Infrastructure


To us, protection of critical infrastructure includes more than just having a “secure” laptop or on-site security. In our latest article, our experts present a holistic approach to protecting critical infrastructure against a multitude of threads.

Read more on our website or in the latest issue of World Pipelines Extreme.

For further information please contact us at


Handover ceremony held as part of a water and wastewater project


ILF Consulting Engineers attended a ceremony held in the city of Kara-Suu (Kyrgyz Republic) at the end of May, at which special vehicles purchased as part of the “Improving Water Supply and Sanitation in Kara-Suu” project were handed over. The key speakers at the event were the Mayor of Kara-Suu, Kutugali Kozubayev, the Akim of the Kara-Suu district, Tilek Matraimov, the EU Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, Eduard Auer, and the EBRD Director for Central Asia, Neil McCain. Werner Redtenbacher, Head of the Water and Environmental Engineering Department at ILF, gave an update on the project’s progress.

The project is funded by loans from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank and by a grant from the European Union. It consists of four different packages. ILF, the leader of a consortium of various partners, is responsible for the design and procurement of works for the rehabilitation and expansion of the water production facilities, the rehabilitation of buildings at the Telman wellfield site, and the rehabilitation and expansion of water and wastewater networks (Package 1), as well as the reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant (Package 2). Packages 3 and 4 include the purchase of special vehicles and the supply and installation of equipment.


ILF ranks amongst the “Top 225 International Design Firms”


The Engineering News Record (ENR) annually publishes a ranking of design firms according to turnover. Like last year, ILF Consulting Engineers has once again been ranked 60th in the “Top 225 International Design Firms” category, in which firms are ranked as per their turnover in 2018, excluding their shares in the respective home market.

In the “Top 150 Global Design Firms” category, which ranks firms as per their total turnover in 2018, ILF ranks 135th.


ILF and SOS-Kinderdorf celebrate 10 years of cooperation


For ten years now, ILF Consulting Engineers has been supporting SOS-Kinderdorf (SOS Children’s Villages) to give children and young people a loving home.

“The cooperation with SOS-Kinderdorf is something which is very close to our hearts, because after all, children are our present and our future. We are delighted if ILF can help support children, young people and their families, who find themselves in difficult situations, and if our donations can help them find their way out of crises”, Josef Mayr, one of the managing directors at ILF Consulting Engineers Austria GmbH. It is our heartfelt wish at ILF to continue this partnership in the coming years, and thus achieve positive things together.

“Thanks to the support of private donors and companies, over the last 70 years we have been able to come a step closer to achieving our goal. I would therefore like to sincerely thank ILF for their contribution”, Manuela Mader, SOS-Kinderdorf.

Even after 70 years, SOS-Kinderdorf still has one over-arching goal: “To give every child a loving home” – be that in the care of alternative families or by supporting families in need. In total, SOS-Kinderdorf in Austria provides a new home for around 1,800 children and young people, and supports more than 4,700 children and their families.


ILF ventures into Uganda’s water infrastructure market


The National Water & Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) commissioned ILF Consulting Engineers and its international partner for the “Kagera Water Works” project in Uganda. Being the first and largest of many packages which will make up the umbrella project “Development of Water and Sanitation Infrastructure for the Mbarara & Masaka Areas”, this project will be financed by the French Agency for Development (AFD).

The overall objective of the project is to secure and improve the supply of drinking water as well as the sanitation infrastructure in Mbarara, Masaka and their surroundings. Package 1 comprises the development of the Kagera water supply system, which includes an intake from the Kagera River – Upper White Nile – (capacity: 8m³/s), the Kagera drinking water treatment plant (first phase capacity: 18,000 m³/d) and the main 58-km-long transmission pipe to Mbarara.

ILF and its partner have been awarded this contract to perform design, tendering and works supervision services for this vital water supply project.


Connecting Austria and Switzerland


ILF Consulting Engineers have been appointed by ASFINAG BMG, in a joint venture, to carry out the tunnel design for the S18 Lake Constance expressway as part of the preliminary design (route selection process). The S18 is a major link road between the A1 motorway (Switzerland) and the A14 Rheintal/Walgau motorway (Austria).

The area under investigation encompasses the connection to the Swiss road network (A13/A1) near St. Magrethen/Höchst, where the crossing of the Rhine, the Lustenau canal and the ÖBB railway line is planned. Two new junctions are also being considered.

The project area is of great importance in view of settlement area, agricultural use, recreational use and groundwater utilization. Some of the conservation areas as well as the areas protected under the EU’s Flora-Fauna-Habitat Directive, which are found within the project area, also have a significant influence. The geology along the approximately 7 km long section is characterized by the fluvial sediments from the Rhine and lacustrine deposits, and therefore poses a particular challenge for the tunnel design.


Basic Design for the Somogy Field Development


On behalf of ADNOC Refining, ILF Consulting Engineers has recently completed the basic design for the Somogy Field Development in Hungary.

The aim of this project was to provide all the necessary engineering and project management (cost, schedule and risk assessment) services needed for the verification of the existing gas/condensate gathering system and its upgrade, namely the connection of 4 gas wells to the existing trunkline.

The upgrade of the existing Babócsa Gas Plant, involving the installation of the required gas treatment units, was also included in the scope of services.


ILF’s involvement in four-track upgrade of Western railway line


ILF Consulting Engineers was recently commissioned by ÖBB Infrastruktur AG to provide planning and design input for the four-track upgrade of the western railway line for the Linz-Marchtrenk and Marchtrenk-Wels sections.

The upgrade of these sections makes it possible to increase the line capacity and is an important step in the four-track upgrade of the railway line between Vienna and Wels that forms part of the trans-European network for rail and intermodal transport.

The project is implemented step by step and started with the works for the section “Linz Main Station west site” in the autumn of 2018. The permitting processes for Linz–Marchtrenk (length approx. 15.7 km) and Marchtrenk–Wels (length approx. 6.4 km) are currently underway. Maximum speeds of up to 230 km/h shall be possible in both line sections. A speed of up to 160 km/h is planned for regional rail transport.

ILF has been entrusted with executing the detailed design in the planning phase of the project implementation of both sections.


ILF at IKOM on June 24th, 2019


ILF will be present at the IKOM 2019, organized by students of the Technical University Munich (Germany), and is looking forward to meeting interesting and interested students as well as young professionals.

The number of the ILF stand is 74. See you there!


B.Robots – ILF supports future changemakers


The B.Robots Team of the “Höhere technische Bundeslehr- und Versuchsanstalt Graz-Gösting” (Austria) landed the vice world champion title in the robotics competition of the First Lego League (FLL) World Festival, held in Detroit from April 25th to 29th, 2019, by introducing its smart “dPro Bottle”. So far, no other Austrian team has succeeded in winning this title.

In addition, B.Robots took fifth place in the Robot Game in a field of 104 teams. This year more than 35,000 teams from around the word entered the FLL competition.

ILF congratulates the project team on this remarkable achievement and is proud of having been able to make a small contribution to this success.


The environment loves rail travelers


To make the public more aware of the contribution traveling by rail makes to protecting our environment and reducing our carbon footprint, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) launched the Green Points initiative over two years ago.

As part of this initiative, people who use the ÖBB for business trips can collect green points, which are used to support specific environmental projects. By using the train for business trips, employees from ILF in Austria have cut down their CO2 emissions by 63.1 tons in the last year, being once again amongst some of the most frequent rail travelers in Austria. Compared to the previous year, this is a 17.5% increase in the number of train journeys.

ILF highly appreciates this 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 work. We strive to continue making a valuable contribution to ensuring sustainability in Austria by using ÖBB trains for business trips in years to come.


Significant milestone for ILF in Georgia


Another significant milestone for ILF in Georgia! Inspired by the “One ILF” principle, ILF-AUT, ILF-SUI and ILF-GEO combined their forces to beat the odds and win the contract for a pivotal project for the Tbilisi Suburban Rail Development.

The new project is definitely a landmark initiative in municipal rail transportation. It connects the eastern outskirts of Tbilisi, and the airport, with the city, which will greatly contribute to mobility within the capital of Georgia.

The key project-related data are as follows:

  • award of contract: May 7, 2019
  • project duration: 15 months
  • contract value: EUR 3,500,000
  • scope of services:

a. pre-feasibility study of the sections: a) Samgori–Airport–Lilo and b) Samgori–Rustavi
b. detailed design of Samgori–Airport–Lilo rail connection and supplementary infrastructure
c. assistance with IFIs
d. preparation of tender documents

The project comprises the design of a 13km-long railway alignment, railway superstructure, of civil construction, station buildings, electrification, signalling, control and communication systems, and of maintenance facilities.

It combines the re-activation of existing lines with some new alignments, following a resource-friendly approach.

The civil works are intended to be executed in accordance with the FIDIC Red Book, while the railway systems will fall under the FIDIC Yellow Book Conditions of Contract.


ILF is “Tyrol’s best family business”


On May 14, 2019, “Die Presse” once again honoured successful Austrian family businesses and their achievements at a large gala event, held in Vienna for the 19th time. Herwig Langanger (“Presse” Chairman of the Executive Board), Margarete Schramböck (Austrian Minister of Economy and Digitilisation) and Georg Knill (Knill Gruppe in Weiz) commended the winning companies in front of around 200 guests from the business world.

We are happy to announce, that despite strong competition from a variety of different companies, ILF Consulting Engineers has been declared the Tyrolean winner.

More information and the full article about ILF can be found at:


ILF contributes to VBI Guide to Renewable Energy


During the 2019 Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, which was hosted and supported by the German Federal Government, the German Association of Consulting Engineers (VBI) published its Guide to Renewable Energy with various contributions from ILF Consulting Engineers.

The Guide to Renewable Energy shall provide policymakers, administrators and engineers with lessons from the German experience of the energy transition and shows a broad range of technologies that are suitable and vital for an energy transition. ILF is proud to have contributed to this important and seminal handbook with its experience in areas such as project setup & implementation, routing, bankable feasibility studies, hydroelectric power, gas networks, energy & gas storage as well as power transmission.

For further information please feel free to contact us at  You can also find the VBI Guide to Renewable Energy here.

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ILF engaged at Basra Water Supply Project


On April 25, 2019 The Ministry of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works of Iraq awarded ILF with the Project Development, Engineering and Site Supervision Services for the water supply project in the Basra Governorate.

The project includes a Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Facility, the Water Transmission System to supply 11 cities including Basra City with additional drinking water and a power plant to provide the required electricity to operate the system.

The project is envisaged to be executed based on ILF’s proposed concept:

  • 1,000,000 m3/day Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Facility located at the Arabian Gulf in Fao;
  • Approximately 270 km of Water Transmission Pipelines for the distribution of the desalinated water to the cities of the Basra Governorate;
  • A Gas fired Power Plant to produce the required power for the Desalination Plant and Pumping Stations.

The project will be the first step of Iraq’s new water strategy and shall deliver additional drinking water within 4 years.

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ILF at the Interalpin 2019


ILF will take part in the “International Trade Fair for Alpine Technologies” (Interalpin) held in Innsbruck from May 08 to 10, 2019.

You are most welcome to visit us at stand A04 in exhibition hall A (hall 1, Innsbruck Exhibition Centre – Austria) to learn about our competence and experience. Come and discuss with us how we can support your projects in the field of ski resort planning.

We are looking forward to your visit and to interesting questions and discussions. For further information, please visit the website at


ILF awarded with contract for the next phase of the SuedLink


ILF Consulting Engineers, which acts as the leader of the consortium ArgeSL 2019, and has already been involved in various stages of the SuedLink project, has now also been awarded the contract for the next phase of the SuedLink project, by TenneT and TransnetBW (Germany). Over the next 20 months, ArgeSL 2019, consisting of ILF and its partners Froelich & Sporbeck, as well as GfN, will be performing the services involved in the project phases §19+§20 NABEG, which involve, amongst others, the applications for planning approval, including rough routing, the technical planning as well as project management and environmental planning.

The SuedLink shall transport energy generated in wind parks in northern Germany to southern Germany, thereby serving major consumers in southern Germany via a HVDC underground cable. The SuedLink consists of two point-to-point connections, which will each have a transmission capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW), i.e. a total capacity of 4 GW. This capacity, which is roughly equivalent to the capacity of four nuclear power plants, will supply around 10 million households with electricity. As Germany’s largest infrastructure project to date, the SuedLink project sets new international standards, being the first project of its kind in the field of underground cables.

For further information please feel free to contact us at


ILF is supporting the world’s most ambitious development program“NEOM”


On April 1, 2019, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) awarded ILF Consulting Engineers the design services for the Water Transmission System for NEOM. This project will contribute significantly to the world’s most ambitious development program “NEOM”.

On the occasion of the contract signing, ILF’s delegation, consisting of the Executive Vice President, Andreas Ramharter, ILF Saudi Arabia’s Managing Directors, Lars Fjellstroem and Karl Tobler, as well as ILF’s Head of Water Pipeline Engineering, Alexander Heinz, received a warm welcome from both his Excellency Eng. Ali Bin AbdulRahman AlHazmy, Governor of SWCC, and his Excellency Eng. Sharekh Bin Ibrahim Al-Sharekh, Deputy Governor for Technical Affairs and Projects. ILF has successfully been supporting SWCC for more than 40 years in the development of water supply systems for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Lecture on Smart Industrial Concept!


Joint research initiatives with universities are one of the major drivers of innovation at ILF Consulting Engineers. As part of the doctoral program “SiC!” created together with ILF, the Vienna University of Technology offers a lecture on the topic “Smart Industrial Concept (SiC!)”.

The challenges of an energy optimized operation of industrial plants, their energy conversion, distribution and storage, and the investigation of their interaction with the general conditions of the energy industry are the focal points of the lecture.

Starting in the summer semester 2019, ILF is proud to be able to present the application aspects of the doctoral program in an industrial environment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact DI Dr. Christopher Binder (

More information can be found here as well as here:


ILF engaged in Baltic Pipe Project


ILF Consulting Engineers, in a consortium led by the Danish company Ramboll, has been awarded a contract for the Baltic Pipe Project (Jutland–Funen) by Energinet (Denmark). Over the next 12 months ILF and Ramboll will jointly be performing the FEED.

The Baltic Pipe is a new gas pipeline (approx. 300 km onshore, approx. 300 km offshore) connecting Norway’s Europipe II system through Denmark with Poland. Operation is scheduled to start in October 2022 and the pipeline will be designed to initially carry 10 bcma of gas with potential for expansion. Once construction has been completed, the gas delivered through this pipeline will contribute to the diversification of gas supplies in Poland by using not only original Russian sources but also other sources like the Swinoujscie LNG terminal extension (7.5 bcma) as well as a potential FSRU project in Gdansk (5 bcma). This new infrastructure will create a regional gas hub for Central Europe via interconnectors to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

ILF is involved at various stages of planning in all of the above mentioned gas projects.


Altstadtring Tunnel in Munich to get a Safety Upgrade


ILF Consulting Engineers has recently been commissioned by the city of Munich’s construction authority to provide supervision and project control and maintenance services for the safety upgrade of the Altstadtring Tunnel.

The Altstadtring Tunnel constructed in the 1960s forms part of the inner-city ring road in the center of Munich, and has a total length of 610 m. The tunnel has two to three lanes. A single-lane access road from the Von-der-Tannstrasse allows access from the Altstadtring.

In order to adapt the aging tunnel to modern safety standards, retrofitting is to be carried out in the existing tunnel while maintaining tunnel operation and a working tunnel safety system. Due to the location of the Altstadtring Tunnel, construction and commissioning should be carried out as safely as possible and with little disruption.


ILF ranked nº 6 among Top International Design Firm for Pipelines


In 2018 the ENR Global Sourcebook published its 77th ranking for top international design firms. Once more, ILF Consulting Engineers was able to secure its position as a top international design firm for pipelines, being ranked 6th and thus improving on its 10th position from the 2016 ranking.

Pipeline projects have played an important role in the ILF Group ever since its founding in 1967. ILF’s first project was the Transalpine Pipeline (TAL), a one-of-a-kind project which, due to its crossing the Alps, was probably the most difficult pipeline project in the world at that time.
For more than 50 years, ILF Consulting Engineers has continued to establish itself as a trusted consultant and global player for the designing and engineering of demanding and challenging major pipeline projects. Having sometimes had to break new ground in order to find the optimum solution, ILF has provided its clients with individualized solutions, from planning to decommissioning. Whether in extreme mountain terrains, under challenging weather conditions, or over long distances, ILF has designed some of the largest pipeline systems in the world.

Amongst many others, ILF was involved in the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline Project (ADCOP), the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Project (TAP), the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP), Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline (TAGP), the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline and the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline.

For further information please feel free to contact us:


ILF at the Pipeline Technology Conference 2019


ILF Consulting Engineers is pleased to announce its participation, as a Gold sponsor, in the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference (PTC) taking place in Berlin from March 19th to March 21th 2019.

During this year’s PTC, our experts will demonstrate their technical expertise. Tobias Baier will be presenting on the topic of Project Risk Management, and Chuan Cheng on the thermal interaction between adjacent, buried crude oil pipelines.

You are most welcome to visit us at stand 48 (Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany) to find out more about our competences and experience in the field of pipeline engineering.

Let us know how we can help you tackle your challenges (! We look forward to your visit. For further information, please visit the official PTC website at

TANAP pipes

ILF’s clients amongst the best in the world


In a recent ski resort test carried out by Snow-Online, the 10 best ski resorts in the world for the 2018/2019 season have been chosen. Amongst them are four of our clients:

  • Serfaus Fiss Ladis
  • Ski Arlberg
  • Sölden
  • Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn


ILF Consulting Engineers would hereby like to congratulate our clients on this great success and looks forward to working with you in the future!

More information can be found here:

World-Scale Gas Separation Unit & Pipeline in Kazakhstan


Germany/Kazakhstan, February 2019 – KLPE, an affiliate of the United Chemical Company (UCC), initiated Kazakhstan’s first world-scale GSU project, which, with its total capacity of 1,250 ktpa, is to supply feedstock to the polyethylene plant in the Atyrau Region. The project is being executed as part of a Joint Development Agreement between the UCC and Borealis. ILF Consulting Engineers (ILF) is delighted to have been commissioned to carry out the Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services, including the supervision of a Detailed Feasibility Study (DFS), which will support KLPE in the delivery of this strategically important project.

“These strategic UCC initiatives pave the way for the Republic of Kazakhstan’s establishment as a global player in the polyolefin market. By utilizing advanced technologies, engaging world-leading contractors and suppliers, and targeting high levels of safety, reliability and operability, we aim to ensure the maximum return on capital investments” says Maksim Sonin, UCC Project Portfolio Managing Director, and Board Member.

“ILF is proud to support KLPE in this professionally-led and rapidly-progressing project. With the team’s ability to integrate ILF’s Western style of project management and Kazakh engineering requirements with local, state-owned project execution processes, as well as the expertise offered by the team, I am highly confident that the DFS phase will create the maximum value for UCC and its partner, whilst supporting their strategy of sustaining Kazakhstan’s development in the polyolefin market” adds ILF Project Manager and Upstream Area Manager Helge Hoeft.
The heart of the project is the NGL recovery facility, located close to the Tengiz oil field, with a maximum feed gas capacity of over 7 billion Sm3/a for recovering ethane and heavier components as feedstock for the polyethylene project. In addition, a feed gas pipeline from TCO’s facilities, an approximately 180 km long C2+ export pipeline to the polyethylene plant, and a redelivery gas pipeline to the GEEP pipeline, are within the project scope.


ILF at the 3rd Hydropower Caspian and Central Asia 2019


ILF Consulting Engineers will be represented at the 3rd Annual International Congress and Exhibition: Hydropower Caspian and Central Asia 2019, organized by Vostockcapital, in the Biltmore Hotel from February 20 to 21, 2019. High-level participants will discuss key topics and set the course for hydropower construction and operation in the Caspian and Central Asian region.

We look forward to meeting you at our stand, number 10. For questions prior to the event, please contact For further information, please visit the website at


Creating New Horizons Together


“Contributing to improving quality of life around the world” is a motto that not only fits with ILF’s vision, but certainly also applies to the association Engineers without Borders Austria (IOG – Verein Ingenieure ohne Grenzen Austria). For more than a year now, the two institutions have been successfully collaborating with each other, most notably on the Tyrolean regional group’s “EduZapa” project.

As part of this project, the Tyrolean regional group, which includes some ILF employees, has been improving educational opportunities for school pupils in rural Mexico, since 2016. To ensure that the 3rd project implementation phase was carried out at a high technical level, the planning of the drainage and roof truss was examined by experts from ILF. Several workshops on the topic “Internal Processes” were also held by ILF.

Both ILF and the Tyrolean regional group value the fruitful cooperation with each other, and look forward to continued collaboration during the 4th project implementation phase planned for this year.


ILF rushes into Australia’s hydropower market


At the end of last year, ILF Consulting Engineers was commissioned by EnergyAustralia as provider for independent verifier services for the pumped hydro project using seawater at Cultana in South Australia.

The facility would be capable of producing 225 megawatts (MW) of electricity with around eight hours of storage. That’s the equivalent of installing 126,000 home battery storage systems, but at a third of the cost. Pumped hydro works by using two bodies or reservoirs of water, one at a high elevation, at the top of a hill, and another at a lower elevation, at the bottom. The Cultana project will also include two penstocks, a powerhouse containing two reversible Francis turbines, a tailrace structure and a seawater intake/outfall structure as well as a connection to an existing 275 kV transmission line and balance of plant systems. The water to fill the reservoirs will be sourced from the Spencer Gulf. This water will pass through a pre-treatment filter and then be desalinated via a reverse osmosis process.

It’s potentially a great, cost-effective way of integrating renewable power and ensuring energy is reliable and affordable.


ILF wins the overall design services competition for IST Austria


Together with DIN A4 Architektur, ILF Consulting Engineers won the overall design services competition for the “IST Austria Laborgebäude für Life Science und Seminarzentrum” in Klosterneuburg (Lower Austria), achieving 1st place against tough competitors.

The new laboratory building and seminar center shall have a total usable floor area of approximately 13,300 m², and shall be a concrete structure. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020, with completion planned for 2022.

Within the joint venture, ILF has been entrusted with the project management services, the structural design, the HVAC planning, as well as occupational health and safety management during the project preparation phase in compliance with the Austrian BauKG (Construction Works Coordination Act).


Seasonal greetings and best wishes for 2019!


Besides diverse challenges that we faced, the year 2018 that is drawing to a close also brought us many encouraging developments. All in all, a sense of great satisfaction and gratitude prevails regarding what we have achieved together.

Our sincere thanks go to our esteemed clients and business partners for their constructive cooperation.

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2019!


Electrifying Georgia


In September 2018, the Austrian Georgian Development LLC commissioned ILF Consulting Engineers to carry out the construction supervision services for the Lakhami 1 and Lakhami 2 hydropower plants.

The project comprises the hydropower development of the Lakhami River, which has its source at over 3,000 m a.s.l. and originates from the eastern slope of the Kodori Ridge, before it enters the Nenskra River. The Lakhami Upper and Lower hydropower plants are planned on the Lakhami River, north of the Town of Khaisi, in the Svaneti Region in Georgia, at the foot of the Greater Caucasus mountain range.

The Lakhami 1 hydropower plant will have a design capacity of 6.4 MW and the Lakhami 2 hydropower plant a design capacity of 9.5 MW. They will be implemented as a cascade. Both plants are designed as diversion hydropower schemes with buried pipe waterways.


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


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.


Another highlight for ILF at the Gotthard Road Tunnel


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.


ILF wins contract for Deutsche Bahn pilot project


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.


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


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 (!

For further information on the conference, please visit the website at


ILF donates to Laos Flood Victims


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.


ILF at the 9th Arab-German Energy Forum


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 (!

For further information, please visit the website at

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.


ILF has no borders


Engineers Without Borders Austria is a non-profit association which has set itself the task of implementing projects in the field of technical development cooperation. The members and contributors are of different age groups and fields of study/professions. Everyone works on a voluntary basis. Since 2015 there is a regional group in the Tyrol with currently about 40 members, among them architects, civil engineers, physicists, psychologists, linguists and many more. The regional group is currently working on the “EduZapa” project, which aims to rehabilitate a school in rural, poverty-stricken Mexico. The first implementation phase took place in the summer of 2017, with a further phase being planned for 2018. This project is financed exclusively by donations.

ILF supported the association with a donation at the end of 2017 and now intends to work more closely together. In particular, ILF plans to contribute to the technical project and design by making in-house expertise available to the project team.

If you would like to learn more about the project, please follow this link:

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ILF continues to ensure clean drinking water in Saudi Arabia


Already in 2014 the National Water Company (NWC) commissioned ILF Consulting Engineers to provide design services for the “South Dhahran Residential Project” of the Saudi Aramco national oil company. Scope of services for this new “Residential Housing Complex” is to ensure the necessary water supply as well as wastewater treatment and disposal for the future 70,000 residents.

The project encompasses a seawater desalination plant (100,000 m³/day), a 20 km long drinking water supply pipeline and a 17 km long wastewater collector pipeline to the new wastewater treatment plant (70,000 m3/day). The project furthermore envisages reusing the treated sewage effluent (TSE) for irrigation purposes via a 17 km long pumping main. A new 10 km long transmission pipeline DN 1,200 for wastewater between an existing and the new wastewater treatment plant is included in the project.

After the feasibility study ILF also carried out the EPC tender of the mentioned system components, provided support during contract negotiations and compiled contract documents. Currently the project is in the implementation stage where ILF carries out design review and site supervision.

How the climate changes ILF


All over the world changes in the climate are observed resulting in conditions that are too hot, too wet, causing a rise in sea levels, and an increase in the number of extreme events, such as storms, floods, droughts or landslides. Given the ever increasing importance of the topic, ILF has now published a White Paper titled “Climate Change challenges and solutions in infrastructure planning and adaptation”, which gives an overview of the topic and outlines solutions to cope with the challenges involved.

You are highly welcome to read the document that can be downloaded here.

ILF at HYDRO Asia 2018 in Vietnam


ILF Consulting Engineers will be represented at the “Seventh International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia” in Danang, Vietnam from 13 to 15 March 2018.

Florian Nagel will give a presentation as part of the “Finance and risk” session: “Development of Bankable Hydropower Projects in South-East Asia using Monte Carlo Simulation” on 13 March 2018. Furthermore, Lochan Devkota will present on “Sedimentation management: Impact of the Koshi Barrage & Embankments on River Morphology and Dynamics” on 15 March 2018.

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

We look forward to welcoming you also at our stand (095). For further information please go to the website at:

Here you can find further information on our presentation at HYDRO Asia 2018.


ILF at the Pipeline Technology Conference (PTC) 2018


ILF Consulting Engineers announces its participation in the annualA�Pipeline Technology Conference (PTC) held in Berlin from March 12 to March 14, 2018 as a Gold Sponsor.

During this years PTC, our experts will present our technical expertise in emergency response concepts (Dr. Michael Kasch).

You are most welcome to visit us at stand 42 in exhibition hall 1 (Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany) to learn about our competences and experience in the field of pipeline engineering. 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


Tunnelling works for northern tube of Koralmtunnel KAT2 completed


Together with partners, ILF Consulting Engineers has been involved in the site supervision of the Koralm tunnel KAT2 contract section on behalf of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) since 2010. After the start of the construction works in 2011 and the start of the TBM drive in 2013 the completion of the excavation works was celebrated on 18 Feb 2018. This means that over a period of 59 months of tunnelling some 17,145 m of tunnel were excavated for this contract section.

Forming part of the Baltic-Adriatic Axis, the Koralm tunnel shall, after its completion, contribute to significantly reducing travel times in passenger traffic and to improving the conditions for environmentally friendly railway freight traffic. The 32.9 km long single track railway tunnel was divided into three contract sections, with the 19 km KAT2 section being the longest one.

ILF is both in charge of the site supervision and of the technical management of the joint venture for the site supervision.

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ILF and Adolf Feizlmayr Foundation promote Deutschlandstipendium


In January this year the official ceremony for the Deutschlandstipendium 2018 was hosted by the Technical University of Munich. More than 150 donors and 650 scholarship holders of the Deutschlandstipendium took part in the festive event. The scholarship program launched by the Federal Government in 2011 promotes students who are expected to achieve high both at University and in their professional lives.

Together with the Adolf Feizlmayr Foundation ILF participates in the program by funding a total of twelve scholarships that cover a broad spectrum of different engineering disciplines. These range from electrical and information technology engineering to mechanical, civil and environmental engineering. Besides Germany and Austria, the scholarship holders come from Canada, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, Hungary and Italy.

Through the ILF-internal ai???Club of Young Engineersai??? the scholarship holders get in direct contact with ILF employees and are given the chance to participate in various ILF events. Individual assignments as working students, interns or prospective graduates are meant to provide the scholarship holders an opportunity to get to know each other in a direct working environment at ILF.


Light at the end of the tunnel – breakthrough of Eppenberg Tunnel


After an advance period of approximately one year, the Eppenberg Tunnel was broken through on February 2, 2018.

The Eppenberg Tunnel is part of the Swiss Federal Railway Line between Aarau and Olten which is being widened to four tracks. The tunnel was advanced with a mixed shield tunnel boring machine over a length of 2.6 km and will have a total length of 3.2 km long upon completion of the construction works. The Eppenberg Tunnel is scheduled to be put into operation by the end of 2020. It will provide a significant increase in capacity of the main artery from Zurich to Bern.

Together with partners, ILF Consulting Engineers was awarded a contract for the project works (basic design to construction design) and the site supervision works as part of an overall planning mandate for the 4-tracking of the Aarau–Olten railway line. In addition, the mandate comprises the railway technology works after completion of the civil works.

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ILF did it again: Follow-up contract for Brenner Base Tunnel


In late 2017 BBT SE commissioned a bidding consortium led by ILF Consulting Engineers to perform the monitoring of the ground and surface water resources of the Brenner Base Tunnel.

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The monitoring of ground and surface water resources of the longest underground railway connection in the world is performed across borders both in Austria and in Italy along the entire 64 km long route. In total, at 1,200 measuring points measurements and samples are taken every four weeks, with maintenance and management of 100 partly very complex data logger installations in groundwater, springs, creeks and rivers.

ILF has been assisting BBT SE with the monitoring of ground and surface water resources for many years. For the Brenner Base Tunnel project ILF has carried out many different design services since 1977.

Seasonal greetings and best wishes for 2018


In the year 2017 that is drawing to a close, ILF celebrated its 50th anniversary. Besides diverse challenges that we faced, the year 2017 also brought us many encouraging developments.
All in all, a sense of great satisfaction and gratitude prevails regarding what we have achieved together. Our sincere thanks go to our esteemed clients and business partners for their constructive cooperation.

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2018!


And there was light in the Oberau Tunnel in Germany


After a two-year construction period, the breakthrough of the western and east tubes of the Oberau Tunnel (Germany) was celebrated.

The 3 km long western section is part of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen bypass. After completing the construction works, scheduled for 2021, the Oberau Tunnel will be the longest twin-tube road tunnel in Bavaria.
The EUR 230 million bypass shall divert traffic going to the holiday destination of Garmisch-Partenkirchen around the village of Oberau.

ILF Consulting Engineers has been supporting the motorway authority of Southern Bavaria in the design of several project phases for many years. Currently, ILF is responsible for reviewing the construction design and for providing site supervision as well as site management services.


ILF embarks on new technologies to combat climate change


On November 30, 2017, Jens Kottsieper and Michel Kneller will be presenting a white paper on decentralized hydrogen production from renewable energy for the transport sector at the ÖGEW/DGMK Autumn Conference in Vienna, Austria.

In order to meet the climate objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement to further reduce CO2 emissions, it will be necessary to increase the renewable energy share in the global energy mix. One potential solution would be to convert surplus renewable energy to hydrogen through a process of electrolysis, store it and make it available to the transport sector. Mr. Kottsieper and Mr. Kneller will also present key findings and lessons learned from the Demo4Grid project that is currently being implemented in Innsbruck, Austria.

You can have a look on the white paper here:

Brenner Railway Axis Extension: ILF continuing on track


The Schaftenau–Radfeld Junction in the Lower Inn Valley (Austria) forms part of the northern feeder line to the Brenner Base Tunnel. The upgrade of this section is part of four-tracking the line in the Lower Inn Valley.

With this project, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) intend to increase the line capacity and eliminate bottlenecks for the Brenner Base Tunnel to achieve full efficiency. In addition, the project will bring traffic relief for the Lower Inn Valley and reduce travel time, as design speeds of 230 km/h will be possible.

The line will have a total length of approx. 20.5 km including 11.7 km in mined and cut-and cover tunnels and 5.6 km in open-track sections. Furthermore, the project will include the construction of four trough structures with a length of 3.2 km.

ILF Consulting Engineers will be responsible for preparing the design documents for the preliminary authorization of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) pending legal permission for the mined tunnel near Angath. Together with partners, ILF will also be in charge of the cut-and-cover tunnels and trough structures.

ILF at the Hydro 2017 in Seville


ILF Consulting Engineers will be present at the HYDRO 2017 in Seville, Spain, from 9 to 11 October 2017.

Reinhard Fritzer and Eva Manninger will be giving a lecture about the “Atdorf pumped-storage plant: Three weeks of public discussion and a milestone in the permit application procedure” at session 12d “Pumped storage: Potential, plans and case studies”.

Furthermore, Serafino Weissenbach will report on “Hydraulic design: Alto Maipo hydropower project” at session 4 “Civil engineering: Design”.

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

For further information please go to the website


Arlberg Tunnel Reopened to Traffic


After a construction period of three years the Arlberg Tunnel on the S16 Arlberg Road (Austria) was officially reopened to traffic.

Having a length of approx. 15.5 km, the longest road tunnel in Austria was equipped with 37 additional escape routes and another eight emergency lay-bys. In total ASFINAG invested EUR 154 million in the safety upgrade of the tunnel, and has applied state-of-the-art technologies (high-pressure water mist system, thermal scanner at both portals, AKUT system, etc.) in the tunnel.

ILF Consulting Engineers was entrusted with the project management and the supervision of the electromechanical installations and control systems.


ILF to provide design services for Nordbahn Wien


In July 2017 ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG commissioned ILF Consulting Engineers, together with partners, to provide permit application and EIA design services for the railway project Nordbahn Wien Süßenbrunn–Bernhardsthal in Austria.

With a length of approx. 66 km and two tracks the project forms part of the “Pontebbana Axis” that is classified as an “interoperable high-speed railway line” in the ÖBB network.
By increasing train speeds to 160 km/h it shall become possible to travel from Vienna to Prague in three hours and 45 minutes. Furthermore, non-stop travel time of trains between Vienna and Břeclav shall be reduced to 60 minutes.


ILF awarded contract for Großinzersdorf Wind Park


ILF Consulting Engineers was commissioned by WindLandKraft GmbH to carry out the project management and design services for the Großinzersdorf Wind Park in Lower Austria (Austria).

The required services encompass the project and construction management up to the completion of the overall wind farm (incl. construction management of plant assembly), construction design and preparation of tender documents/award of works for access roads to wind farm, construction site and wind farm cabling.


ILF at the International Conference SUS in Irsee


ILF Consulting Engineers participated actively in this yearai??i??s international conference ai???ai???Shotcrete for Underground Support XIIIai??i??ai??? in Irsee, Germany, from September 3rd to 6th 2017. The conference is an excellent forum for new developments in rock engineering, tunneling, underground space and deep excavation.

ILFai??i??s Dr. Matthias Beisler, co-chair of this event, talked about ai???Multi layered shotcrete design for tunnel constructionai???, which attracted a lot of interest from the attending international experts.

In the course of this event the location for the next conference in this series was announced. SUS XIV in 2019 will be organized in Bangkok (Thailand) under the auspices of ILF and chaired by Dr. Matthias Beisler.

Legend f.l.t.r.: Prof. H. Klapperich (TU Freiberg), A. Spiegl (ILF), Dr. M. Beisler (ILF-Thailand), Prof. D. MAi??hner (FH MA?nster), P.Ngamsantikul (Thailand Underground & Tunneling Group), Dr. Guojun Li (Singapore Metro Consultant), Dr. J. Fu (Central South University, China)


Breakthrough of Stein and Lind Tunnels on the Koralm Railway Line


On 28.07.2017 the top heading breakthrough of the 2.1-km-long Stein Tunnel was celebrated after 12 months of construction. The Stein railway tunnel forms part of the St. Kanzian string of tunnels on the Carinthian side of the new Koralm railway line, which connects the cities of Graz and Klagenfurt (Austria). The breakthrough of the bench is scheduled to take place by the end of August.
The 0.5-km-long Lind Tunnel of the St. Kanzian string of tunnels had already been completed on 21.02.2017 after 8 months of excavation. The waterproof permanent linings, consisting of reinforced concrete, will be installed in the near future. Track construction will not go underway before the structural works for the St. Kanzian string of tunnels will be completed at the end of 2019. The section between Althofen on the Drava River and St. Kanzian is due to go into operation by 2022.

After completing the conceptual design, permit application design, and tender design services, ILF Consulting Engineers have been awarded a contract by the Austrian Federal Railway ÖBB in mid 2015, entrusting them with the construction design and on-site geotechnical monitoring services.

A video of the breakthrough can be found here:

Image source: Land Kärnten, Fotographer: LPD/Just


ILF at the Myanmar Green Energy Summit 2017


ILF Consulting Engineers participated actively in this year’s “Green Energy Summit” in Yangon (Myanmar) from 14th to 15th August 2017.  The summit is excellently designed to provide a platform for international energy industry players and potential investors for updates on the market potential and development plan of green energy sector in Myanmar.

ILF’s experts presented our expertise in Renewables, including Photovoltaics, Biomass, Waste-to-Energy, Hydropower, Thermal Energy and Oil&Gas. Moreover, Frank Zimmermann had a talk about “Optimized Hybridization and Storage of Mini-Grids using Renewable Energy Sources”.

For further information about the Green Energy Summit, please visit the website:

Zimmermann Presentation Hybrid Solar2Mr. Zimmermann while holding his talk about “Optimized Hybridization and Storage of Mini-Grids using Renewable Energy Sources”.


ILF acts as jury member for the start-up contest “DBS”


Together with nine other corporate partners, ILF Consulting Engineers and IGLZ (IF Lebenszyklus Bau) have joined forces to develop and implement the start-up contest “Digital Building Solutions” (DBS) and an event for the construction and real estate industry.

DSB is a “scouted” contest where relevant startups from the German speaking countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland present their innovation ideas on design, construction, operation and financing. The corporate partners have now assessed all ideas and cast their votes. The top-ranked startups selected for the final pitch will be meeting up at the award ceremony on 12 Sept 2017. The best startups from each subject area will be awarded a prize. ILF is a corporate partner and jury member.

More detailed information is available at:


ILF at EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan


This year Astana hosts the international exposition – EXPO 2017. The theme of the EXPO is Future Energy. The objective is to spark a global debate between countries, non-governmental organisations, companies and the general public on the crucial question: ”how do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all, while reducing CO2 emissions?”

Earlier this month ILF Consulting Engineers actively participated in two events, one of which was the “Kazakhstani-Austrian Sustainable Technology Day” and the other was the “50 Years of ILF” celebration held in the Austrian pavilion of the EXPO. During the Technology Day, ILF’s experts on Hydropower Engineering (John Thene, ILF Austria) and Smart Cities (Enrico Casaretti, ILF Abu Dhabi) presented their thoughts on the current situation in the renewable energy sector and shared insights on future developments. During the sessions government representatives, investors, engineers, and equipment suppliers from Kazakhstan and Austria had the opportunity to share knowledge and experience, make new connections, and meet new colleagues in a B2B format.

Legend: Speaker J. Thene (ILF)

ILF @ EXPO 2017

Construction of Mestiachala 1 & 2 hydropower plants


Since June 2017 construction is under way for the 20 MW Mestiachala 1 and the 30 MW Mestiachala 2 hydropower plants in Georgia. Both plants are planned to be locate