“Atos Origin implements a virtual trading platform for the Gas market”

Essen, 19 October 2006

Atos Origin has been chosen by E.ON Gastransport, Germany's leading gas network operator, to support it with the IT implementation of virtual trading points. A virtual trading platform has been integrated by Atos Origin into E.ON Gastransport's web portal in just three months, and will enable customers to carry out short-term online transactions.

All the processes required for reliable operation of the platform were successfully modelled, and the system was ready on time and has been available since the start of the new gas financial year on 1 October 2006.

At the virtual trading points (VTPs), customers will in future be able to carry out short-term online transactions (title transfers) via E.ON Gastransport's web portal. To achieve this, Atos Origin first of all expanded the modular web-based platform it had developed for the gas business, the "World Energy Market" (WEM), by incorporating the element of VTP transactions. The new WEM-VTP module includes all the gas trade processes, from logistical questions through to communicating with the customer's system. ACTIS Integration Manager, also provided by Atos Origin, supports the electronic exchange of data via the Edig@s system.

"The open configuration of the WEM-VTP solution played a significant role in contributing to the successful integration into the E.ON Gastransport system in just 3 months, as it was possible to easily adapt new processes by means of configuration", explains Tobias Messer, Solution Architect of the World Energy Market Platform from Atos Origin.

Atos Origin thus strengthens its leading market position in the field of IT solutions for the gas and energy sector: the company has already provided support for other well-known market participants such as the international gas suppliers GasTerra B.V. and ETM Erdgas-Transport-Management GmbH – a joint subsidiary of several German gas suppliers – in adapting its range of services to the requirements of the new network access model.

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 EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 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, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Press contact:
Katrin Morhenne
Tel: +49 (0)201 4305 9267
Email: katrin.morhenne@atosorigin.com