Kozloduy NPP – Bulgaria

Kozloduy NPP PLC is the only nuclear power plant in Bulgaria and the country's largest producer of electricity, generating about one third of the national annual electricity production. That fact determines the extremely important role of the company as a factor for the economical stability at regional and national level.

Kozloduy NPP operates two 1000-MW WWER Units – Units 5, 6 with water-water energy reactors. Units 5 and 6 are world leaders among the power units of this type because of their high level of safety and operating parameters.

The plant employs about 3700 people that make it one of the major employers in Bulgaria.

KZNPP website
Lyubomir Pironkov,

INRNE – Bulgaria

The Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (INRNE) is the leading academic center in Bulgaria for research and application of the nuclear physics. INRNE aims to satisfy the society needs for development, sustenance and preservation of the nuclear science, to provide knowledge and skills for development of applied methods and research in the field of nuclear technologies, medicine and industry. INRNE will continue to make the world achievements in the nuclear energy and nuclear and radiation technologies accessible to the Bulgarian academic and industrial community.

The INRNE has decades of experience in training of diploma and PhD students for the nuclear industry and in raising the qualification of physicists, engineers and chemists needed for NPP, NRA and private companies in the field of nuclear energy. Available to the trainees are modern radiometric and radio-chemical laboratories, equipped with modern high resolution gamma spectroscopy systems, ultra-low-level alpha/beta systems, wide range of portable beta, gamma and neutron probes; aerosol monitors and system of individual electronic dosimeters.)

INRNE website
Maria Manolova,

Engineering Support and Intellectual Solutions (ESIS) – Germany

ESIS GmbH is a specialized organization for resolving important tasks in the area of nuclear power engineering, including:

  • engineering and consulting services for NPP operation support;
  • development of new documentation, review of the current documentation in force and support of administrative and technical, adjustment and commissioning, operational documentation, technical maintenance documentation, quality management programmes and appropriate procedures of quality management system;
  • training of all categories of NPP personnel, based on Systematic Approach to Training (SAT), development of training materials and programmes, instructors training, development of training equipment, development of training tools, such as full-scope simulators, CBT systems, multimedia modules, etc.

ESIS Facebook page
Vladimir Koshelev,


TECNATOM operates as a contractor to nuclear site license companies in Spain and to other European and world nuclear industry customers. TECNATOM streamlined operation is focused on project delivery and providing value for money solutions for our customers.

TECNATOM is an engineering company that has provided services to the nuclear industry since its creation in 1957. The company’s main activity centres on the rendering of inspection and component structural integrity services, the training of operations personnel, engineering in support of plant operation, and operating experience and corrective action management.

One of the working areas of TECNATOM that have most evolved in recent years is the training of nuclear power plant personnel, mainly due to the handover from one generation to the next that is currently on-going. The transfer of knowledge from experienced personnel to newcomers, the strengthening of safe behaviour patterns, the systematic training programmes designed specifically to ensure the necessary level of skill in the different job posts at the plants and the progress made in Information-Communication Technologies  applied to training have been the cornerstones of this change.

TECNATOM website
Fernando Gonzales,

Centrum výzkumu Řež – Czech Republic

The research organisation Centrum výzkumu Řež was founded on the 9th October 2002 as a 100% daughter company of the NRI Rez (Nuclear Research Institute Řež). The institute is located in Řež near Prague.

Research and development in the RCR are focused on the area of nuclear energy, nuclear reactor physics, chemistry and materials. The results are used in services for both Czech and foreign organizations. The RCR cooperates with many research institutes and universities. The RCR owns unique research infrastructure such as technological experimental circuits and experimental research reactors LVR-15 and LR-0 where the core activities of fundamental and applied research are located.

Other activities are arising from the participation of the RCR in the international Jules Horowitz Reactor project. No less important are national and international projects. The RCR is a member of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and since 2010 represents the Czech Republic in the EERA managing body – Executive Committee, thereby participating in the realization of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). The RCR is also a member (and co-founder) of the Technology Platform ‘Sustainable Energy in the Czech Republic CR’.

Centum výzkumu Řež website
Adela Klepáková,

MEPhI – Russia

National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) / NRNU MEPhI  is one of the most recognized universities in Russia. MEPhI was founded in 1942 as the Moscow Mechanical Institute of Munitions, but it was soon renamed the Moscow Mechanical Institute. Its original mission was to train skilled personnel for the Soviet military and atomic programs. It was renamed the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1953, which was its name until 2009.

By the Order of the Government of Russia, issued by the Russian Government on April 8, 2009 (#480-r) on behalf of Russian President's Decree of October 7, 2008 (#1448) "On the pilot project launching on creating National Research Universities" the university MEPhI was granted this new status. The university was reorganized. The aim of the university existence is now preparing the specialists by giving them higher professional, post-graduation professional, secondary professional and additional professional education, as well as educational and scientific activities.

Today, MEPhI has five main departments (faculties):

  • Experimental and theoretical physics
  • Physics and Technology
  • Cybernetics and Information security
  • Automatics and electronics
  • High Technology Management and Economics

MEPhI website
Nikolay Geraskin,

Risk Engineering – Bulgaria

Risk Engineering Ltd. (REL) is one of the biggest engineering companies, providing consultancy and engineering services in the energy sector in Bulgaria. The company was established in 1992 with head office, located in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia.

The Company continuously provide consultancy and engineering services for the power industry in Bulgaria and other countries, operating Nuclear, Coal, Gas and Hydro Power Plants.

Risk Engineering has been specialising in safety (both deterministic and probabilistic) analysis, seismic qualification, design, optimisation of operation and maintenance and personnel training especially for VVER 440 and VVER 1000 installed at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant. The Company’s major consultancy and engineering services in nuclear filed are related to the following major areas:

•             Management of Nuclear Safety of the NPPs;
•             Improvement of operational performance;
•             Radio-active waste and spent fuel management;
•             Management of design and construction of new Nuclear Power Plants;

Risk Engineering website
Marinela Ilieva,

BME – Hungary

The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is a public higher education institute operating as a central budgetary institution. Its founding regulation has been issued by the Minister of Human Capacities. Its Organizational and operational conditions are summarized in its own regulation in accordance with laws. 

Education, research, innovation and direct additional services are proceeded by the faculties. Work-sharing between the faculties are subject oriented both in the fields of education and that of technology. The organogram of BME is available here. The faculties consist of departments, institutes, research centres that are supported by deans offices and other units.

BME website
Attila Kiss,

ENEN – France

The European Nuclear Education Network, ENEN, (Réseau Européen pour l’Enseignement des Sciences Nucléaires) is a non profit international organization established on 22 September 2003 under the French Law of 1901.

The general objectives of the ENEN Association are defined as follows:

With respect to the Academia:

  • to develop a more harmonized approach for education in the nuclear sciences and nuclear engineering in Europe;
  • to integrate European education and training in nuclear safety and radiation protection; and
  • to achieve better co-operation and sharing of academic resources and capabilities at the national and international level.

With respect to the End Users, such as nuclear industries, research centers, regulatory bodies and nuclear applications:

  • to create a secure basis of skills and knowledge of value to the EU;
  • to maintain an adequate supply of qualified human resources for design, construction, operation and maintenance of nuclear infrastructures, industries and power plants; and
  • to maintain the necessary competence and expertise for the continued safe use of nuclear energy and applications of radiation and nuclear techniques in agriculture, industry and medicine.

ENEN website
Pedro Dieguez Porras,