Transalpine Ölleitung in Österreich Ges.m.b.H.

Transalpine Ölleitung in Österreich GmbH is, alongside Società Italiana per l’Oleodotto Transalpino S.p.A. and Deutsche Transalpine Oelleitung GmbH, one of the three national operating companies of the internationally active TAL Group.

The Main Artery of the Central European Economy

Since starting operations in 1967 the Transalpine Pipeline has transported more than 1.2 billion tonnes of crude oil from Trieste through Carinthia, Salzburg and Tirol – below ground, invisibly and, above all, in an environmentally friendly manner. In doing this, TAL plays a key role in the crude oil supply of Central Europe. A total of eight Austrian, German and Czech refineries are supplied. These transform the crude oil into fuel, heating oil and valuable raw materials for the chemical industry. TAL also saves the States of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tirol from suffering the effects of 8,000 road tankers crossing the Alps every day.

Safety as the First Priority

Transalpine Ölleitung in Österreich GmbH, which is based in Matrei in East Tyrol, is especially focused on the issue of safety. As an innovator in the technical field, TAL uses state-of-the-art control and monitoring systems and continuously invests in the modernisation and replacement of plant. Since 1990, TAL has invested more than 70 million euros in such work in Austria.

A Partner for the region

The operations and control centre in Kienburg (in Matrei in East Tyrol) and the Jochberg maintenance centre, with their specially trained personnel, play key roles in the safe operation of TAL.

TAL has 23 direct employees in Austria and, together with contractual partners, 70 people work for the pipeline in Austria, mostly in partner companies from Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol, with many of which TAL has been successfully cooperating for decades.

Route of the Pipeline and the Key Facilities in Austria

TAL crosses the border between Italy and Austria through a seven kilometre tunnel near the Plocken Pass in the Carnic Alps. 

It then passes Kötschach/Mauthen and runs through the Gail Valley and over the Gailbergsattel near to Oberdrauburg in the Drau Valley before passing Lienz and following the Iseltal and the Tauernbach and then rising to the Felbertauern, the highest point of the pipeline at 1,572 metres above sea level.

Here, the pipeline passes under the central Alpine ridge through another seven kilometre tunnel and descends into Pinzgau in Salzburg. It then runs parallel with the Felbertauernstraße towards Mittersill where it crosses the Salzach River before climbing to the Pass Thurn.

Crossing into North Tyrol, TAL then descends to Jochberg, passes under the Hahnenkamm in a third seven kilometre long tunnel and passes Reith and Going before reaching Soll and then descending via Eiberg and Schwoich to the Inn Valley where it reaches the German border at Kufstein/Kiefersfelden.

There are 22 stations along the 160 km of the Austrian section of TAL. In addition to tunnel entrances and valve and relief stations there is a first transfer station in Würmlach near Kötschach/Mauthen where crude oil from Trieste is transferred into the Adria Wien Pipeline, which supplies Austria’s only refinery in Schwechat near Vienna.

The Municipality of Matrei in East Tyrol is home to the Kienburg and Gruben facilities which contain the pumping stations for the transport of the oil over the central ridge of the Alps and on towards Bavaria.