“Atos Origin and Gasunie Trade & Supply sign 11 million euro IT outsourcing contract”

Utrecht, 20 December 2005

Atos Origin and Gasunie Trade & Supply have signed an outsourcing agreement for the entire IT infrastructure of the international gas supplier. Atos Origin will be responsible for the management of the network environment and server infrastructure, desktop management and support for Gasunie Trade & Supply's trading centre. The agreement will run for three years, and represents a contract value of 11 million euro.


On 1 July 2005, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie was split up into two independent companies: the gas-shipping firm N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, and the company buying and selling natural gas, Gasunie Trade & Supply. With the split-up, a need arose to have its own IT infrastructure, and Gasunie Trade & Supply decided to outsource its management to Atos Origin. By so doing, the energy company will be better able to focus on its core activity – buying and selling natural gas at home and abroad – and repositioning itself in the highly competitive European energy market.


“Gasunie Trade & Supply is a leading supplier of natural gas, and one of Europe's largest suppliers of related services. One major strategic goal will be to continue investing in the company as a leading European supplier of natural gas, paying special attention to safety, the environment and sustainability”, says Johan Stäbler, CIO at Gasunie Trade & Supply. “By collaborating with Atos Origin, we are in a position to focus on our own business and on strengthening our position in the European energy market.”


Malko Swelheim, Client Manager Oil & Gas at Atos Origin, is proud with the trust placed in Atos Origin by Gasunie Trade & Supply by handing over responsibility for its entire IT infrastructure to them. “Thanks to this strategic agreement, the energy company can now concentrate fully on repositioning itself as a leading player on the European energy market. We are very confident that we will be able to make a valuable contribution to this.”

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 Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.


About Gasunie Trade & Supply
Gasunie Trade & Supply is an international company trading in natural gas. It operates on the European energy market and has the Netherlands as its domestic market, where it accounts for a major share of the national energy supply. Gasunie Trade & Supply exports natural gas to six other European countries and is the second largest exporter in Europe in volume terms (after Russia's Gazprom). Gasunie Trade & Supply is conscious of the need for sustainable development and the transition to non-fossil fuels, and is therefore helping both its own customers and society at large to make effective progress in this direction, through advice and practical measures. Gasunie Trade & Supply's shareholders are the State of the Netherlands (via the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energie Beheer Nederland), which holds a 50% stake, and Shell and Esso, which hold 25% each.

For more information, please contact:


Atos Origin
Marianne Hewlett                                  José de Vries
+ 31 30 299 5006                                 + 33 1 55 91 24 53
marianne.hewlett@atosorigin.com       jose.devries@atosorigin.com

Gasunie Trade & Supply
Ben Warner
+ 31 50 364 88 10