“Atos Origin implements new web-based platform at Gasunie Trade & Supply”

Stuttgart/Groningen, 30 January, 2006

IT support for efficient gas forecasting, ordering, transport provision and accounting demonstrated at E-World 2006 in Essen, 14-16 February

Atos Origin has successfully implemented its WEM™ platform (World Energy Market) to support and optimise business operations at the international gas supplier, Gasunie Trade & Supply. This web-based platform enables Gasunie Trade & Supply to forecast gas supply, provision transport, and support core business functions such as ordering and accounting.  At this year's E-world energy & water exhibition in Essen from 14-16 February, Atos Origin will demonstrate how this project has increased efficiency for Gasunie, as well as showcasing its other core competences in the energy sector using a live demonstration of a gas control station in Hall 3, Stand 360.


Gasunie Trade & Supply focuses on the buying and selling of natural gas in the Netherlands and in the European market. The Commercial Dispatching Centre (CDC) is responsible for the core functions of the gas supplier, including forecasting of gas purchase quantities, their ordering from gas producers, the nomination of transporters as well as the monitoring of input and output accounts and gas supply quality. The web-based WEMÔ platform installed by Atos Origin supports the CDC and optimises these functionalities by the use of flexible tools and open standards.


“As a leading natural gas supplier in Europe, one of our most important strategic goals is to invest in the company's future. The flexible WEM™ platform puts us in the position to optimally manage our day-to-day core business functions”, says Henk Kroon, Head of Purchase at Gasunie Trade & Supply. “The collaboration with Atos Origin allows us to adapt quickly to new developments in the market and to position ourselves in the highly competitive European energy market.”


According to Gerhard Fercho, Managing Director of Atos Origin in Germany and COO of Germany & Central Europe: “Atos Origin's specialisation in the energy sector allows companies to benefit from the extensive experience that we have gained through our participation in numerous successful global projects. The platform's implementation at Gasunie Trade & Supply has been completed to the full satisfaction of the customer.”


Atos Origin and Gasunie Trade & Supply announced the signing of their outsourcing contract in December 2005. This agreement involves the outsourcing to Atos Origin of Gasunie Trade & Supply's network management, server infrastructure, desktop management and support.


E-world exhibition in Essen from 14-16 February
Atos Origin will present its expertise in the energy sector - consulting, systems integration and managed services - at the E-World exhibition in hall 3, stand 360 and present a live demonstration of a gas control station. This demo includes the entire function portfolio of the WEMÔ-platform for gas traders. All energy specific business processes will be shown live, from the forecasting of purchase quantities, ordering and transport nomination, to monitoring and accounting.


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.


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.


For more information, please contact:


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


Atos Origin
Nicola Popoff

+ 49 711 73 77 311



José de Vries

+ 33 1 55 91 24 53