“Creating a pool of experts for the nuclear power industry is the most difficult thing to do;there is a lack of specialists in this field, therefore we should make an effort in keepingthem.” This statement was made by Bogomil Manchev, Ph.D, President of the Bulgarian Atomic Forum (BULATOM) and Executive Director of Risk Engineering Ltd., at the International conference “Nuclear energy on liberalized energy markets: technologies, financing, planning”, which was held in Sofia on 26 – 27 of March this year.
The lack of clear strategy for power industry development and the changing politics ofpriorities have brought to the loss of highly qualified experienced specialists. The formationof such specialists takes long time, thus investment is needed for their training andqualification. Mr. Manchev stressed that both the state and the private sector should joinefforts in preserving the country’s pool of trained specialists and technicians. He added that a boost of the nuclear power industry in Bulgaria would open new possibilities for the successful realization of graduates from the institutes for higher education.
The Chairman of Bulatom stated that there is a place for development in Bulgaria of both the projects: Belene NPP and the Kozloduy NPP Unit 7 project. However, the second project is to be commissioned in 2030. The implementation of these projects will contribute to keeping the country’s pool of experts, as well as to their growth.
The Chairman of Bulatom indicated that thanks to the efforts of the experienced and highly qualified specialists, the Kozloduy NPP Units 5 and 6 are in excellent operating condition and can operate for another 30 years. He explained that the prolongation of the Kozloduy NPP Units 5 and 6 operation lifetime is a priority for the country, but unfortunately, the actual implementation of this project is being delayed. According to Mr. Manchev, there is a place in Bulgaria both for Belene NPP and for Unit 7 of Kozloduy NPP.