“British Energy Selects Atos Origin to Deliver Replacement Data Processing System for the Dungeness B Nuclear Power Plant”

London, 20 October 2005

Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced that British Energy, the UK's largest producer of electricity has awarded the company a three year contract to deliver a replacement Data Processing System for the Dungeness B plant. This system will support the recently announced 10-year extension to the accounting life of Dungeness B.

Under the contract, Atos Origin will manage the build, testing and commissioning of the new system. The system is designed to meet British Energy's specifications supporting the operation of a nuclear plant. These specifications include adherence to stringent international standards. Atos Origin will work closely with British Energy's design staff in achieving the necessary quality.

The Data Processing System (DPS) is a key prime interface to the central control room - presenting information about current plant equipment status, critical automatic and sequence control and supervision functions. The system is being designed as a high availability and high performance system in support of safe, reliable operation of the power station. The UK Nuclear Installations Inspectorate will approve the life cycle documentation and operating arrangements prior to final go-live.

In part of the design, Atos Origin will use subsystems and electronic components from Westinghouse and ABB. Many of these have already been used extensively across the nuclear sector.

“Atos Origin demonstrated strong technology capabilities through its extensive experience in the energy sector, together with the proven programme management skills necessary to ensure the successful running of such a critical project,“ said John Short, head of nuclear generation information systems at British Energy. “We were particularly impressed by their strong partnership approach. Atos Origin was prepared to work side by side with us to achieve very high standards required for regulatory approval. In addition, the Atos Origin proposal had much of the necessary documentation and nuclear accreditation already in place.”

“The European energy industry is on the cusp of change. The British Energy project is an exciting and challenging contract in support of a significant extension to accounting life of a plant. We are pooling our own European expertise and that of our suppliers to provide a solution accredited to high modern standards.“ said Derek Ward, executive vice president, private sector, Atos Origin. “With our experience in implementing mission critical systems, where delivering high performance and availability on time and to budget is essential, we see huge potential for similar solutions to that at Dungeness B being rolled-out across other power stations in Europe”.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For further information contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com