“Nuon Belgium closes contract with Atos Origin to support fast growth in European energy market”

Paris, 19 January 2006

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, has implemented Atos™ Workplace Solutions* at Nuon Belgium, a leading energy supplier in Benelux. The solution, which is integrated into Nuon's existing IT infrastructure, will allow Nuon Belgium to adapt easily to fast growth in a highly competitive European energy market. Based on a strong vision and seamless architecture, Atos%trade; Workplace Solutions allow the end user to work anywhere, anyplace, at any time.

Atos Origin's solution for the PC environment, which include mobile solutions such as laptops and PDAs, offers Nuon Belgium the IT infrastructure it needs for further growth. Centrally managed, it provides a secure and flexible workplace for a fixed, low price per month and the embedded innovation ensures that future updates of the platform are included in the price.

The current version uses Windows XP and Microsoft Client & Back Office in combination with the latest Intel technologies. Intel® AMT offers innovative functionality which allows Atos Origin to provide remote troubleshooting, remote asset tracking and virus protection, which significantly improves the quality of desktop management. Atos Origin experts have worked on this project to ensure a smooth transition to the new infrastructure. The implementation of Atos™ Workplace Solutions at Nuon Belgium started in August 2005 and has been recently completed according to plan.

There has been no disruption to end users during the transfer as everything was rolled out in phases. According to Nino Blanckaert, ICT Manager at Nuon Belgium, this is one of the advantages that Atos™ Workplace Solution offers. “We were looking for a complete solution that offers a fast growing organization like ours the proper infrastructure, and Atos Origin's solution meets our demands to the fullest. The entire organization has high expectations of the new solution's efficiency, which allows us to focus on challenges in the energy market.”

“Atos™ Workplace Solutions offers the added value of flexibility and extensive rationalization to the customer,” says Patrick Gyseling, Managed Operations Director at Atos Origin Belux. ”And we are proud that one of the largest energy suppliers has decided to implement our solution. The collaboration with Nuon employees has proven to be very valuable and has certainly contributed to the efficient way of the solution's implementation.”

Atos™ Workplace Solutions is deployed worldwide with clients in the public sector, telecoms, discrete manufacturing and processing industries, and finance market.

* Atos™ Workplace Solutions was previously named Next Generation DeskTop (NGDT).

About Nuon
Nuon is a leading energy company supplying electricity, gas, heat and related services to more than 2 million customers mainly in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The company is active in the production, trade and delivery of (renewable) energy. Nuon aims to achieve balanced growth for all stakeholders: shareholders, employees, customers, the environment and society. Net turnover in 2004 amounted to € 4.9 billion. The number of employees is more than 9,441 (Full time equivalent). For more information, visit www.nuon.com

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.

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