SOFIA, February 13, 2014 -- Westinghouse Electric Company today announced the expansion of its Sofia, Bulgaria office to accommodate rapid growth and future development plans. The additional 240 square meters, doubling the existing work space, will accommodate a new European Nuclear Information and Control Systems Center of Excellence to support key European instrumentation and control (I&C) upgrade and new nuclear build projects. The new office space has also been sized to support the ongoing opportunity to develop and construct an AP1000® nuclear power plant (NPP) for Kozloduy Unit 7 in Kozloduy.
The Sofia office in Bulgaria was chosen for such an expansion due to the high availability of experienced resources that can freely operate within the European Union (EU) market; high quality expert resources with nuclear project experience and turn-key project capability in Europe. Local engineering companies are also well known to have outstanding technical expertise and nuclear knowledge.
“The Sofia Center of Excellence is an important part of our strategy in the way we plan to serve our customers and partners throughout Europe,” said Javier González, Westinghouse vice president and managing director, Southern Europe. “The Sofia office expansion underlines our core philosophy of creating talent pools in the markets where we operate. This move will allow for enhanced management of our advanced I&C platforms, which will help our customers take advantage of the latest technologies in upgrading their nuclear power plant information and control systems.”
Westinghouse has a long history operating in the Bulgarian market. Between 2001 and 2007, Westinghouse successfully replaced all the non-safety I&C systems at Kozloduy Units 5 and 6. Since 2009, the Sofia engineering office has successfully completed or is currently working on numerous major I&C upgrade projects for customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region: Czech Republic (Temelín NPP), Spain (Ascó NPP), South Africa (Koeberg NPP) and Switzerland (Beznau NPP).
In November 2013, Westinghouse signed a contract with Kozloduy NPP EAD to upgrade the I&C systems of Auxiliary Building 3 at the Kozloduy NPP. The contract will be managed and delivered by the Sofia I&C Center of Excellence. More than 70 percent of the project’s scope will be completed by the local Westinghouse team or local sub-contractors – such as OSCAR El, Energoservice and ENPRO Consult. This will further establish Bulgaria as the leading country for delivering I&C projects within Europe.
Westinghouse’s automations products and services provide global solutions with a regional focus to help keep nuclear power plants operating safely and competitively worldwide. Furthermore, Westinghouse automation enhances the reliability of plant control and safety systems through an integrated, plant-wide approach. Westinghouse offers full-scope, world-class I&C solutions for operating and new nuclear power plant designs. This is comprised of product development, design, assembly, testing, site installation and commissioning of advanced I&C products, including control system component services, outage support and training.
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.