Westinghouse Prepares Technical University Interns for Bulgaria’s Energy Future

SOFIA, December 22, 2014 -- Westinghouse Electric Company hosted four Bulgarian technical university students over the course of 2014. As part of a recent agreement with the Technical University of Sofia (TU - Sofia), the largest technical university in Bulgaria, two of these students worked at the Westinghouse headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pa, U.S. The other two students came from technical universities in the U.K. They spent several months at Westinghouse’s European Nuclear Information and Control Systems Center of Excellence in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In preparation for the potential construction of a Westinghouse AP1000® nuclear power plant at Kozloduy, Westinghouse signed a bilateral cooperation agreement in March 2014 with the TU - Sofia. The provisions of the agreement covered cooperation with several of the university’s faculties (power engineering and power machines, and automation) in disciplines that are of particular relevance to the construction of an AP1000 pressurized water reactor (PWR) and advanced nuclear automation.

Westinghouse internships are unique opportunities for students looking to work for an industry leader. The most energetic and impressive students are sought from a variety of disciplines to work with Westinghouse at the epicenter of nuclear innovation and technology. Students are empowered to acquire a variety of pertinent skills by working closely with a mentor and learning more about their fields of interest.

“Bulgaria has a long tradition of nuclear energy and know-how. This Westinghouse internship program boasts the cooperation of the Technical University of Sofia. We are pleased to provide an opportunity to continue to develop the capabilities of the next generation of energy professionals – principally around the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor,” said Aziz Dag, Westinghouse vice president, Key Accounts EMEA. “Many of the students at the university today will engineer and construct the future Kozloduy Unit 7. Westinghouse looks forward to the continued relationship with these bright students and the Technical University of Sofia.”

The Kozloduy expansion project represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Bulgaria to invest in the latest technologies and adopt the highest and most competitive standards for their industry. As the AP1000 PWR is the most advanced nuclear plant design in the world, significant engineering, construction and manufacturing expertise will be transferred to Bulgarian companies, providing substantial opportunities in future nuclear plant projects throughout the world.

Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including more than 50 percent of those in Europe. AP1000 is a trademark of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All rights reserved.