“Dutch nuclear and coal-fired power station EPZ outsources generic IT service to Atos Origin”

Utrecht, 15 January 2007

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, signed a contract with EPZ, a Dutch nuclear and coal-fired power station. EPZ outsources its ‘Generic IT Service' to Atos Origin who has been given the assignment to reduce the service costs and increase the quality of services provided to internal customers. The contract runs for three years with an option for two extensions by one year. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the contract value.

EPZ supplies energy through a nuclear power station and a coal-fired power station powered by coal and biomass, and provides a total of six percent of electrical energy output in the Netherlands. Until recently EPZ used the services of several suppliers for its Generic IT Service. This service encompasses the IT infrastructure, the help-desk, workplace services and the application management. EPZ decided to transfer its entire end-to-end service to one supplier in the aim of reducing costs and also offering a higher quality of services to the (internal) customers.

"Atos Origin's broad experience in the provision of IT services to other utility companies was one of the deciding factors to win this contract", according to Peter 't Jong, Excecutive Vice President Sales & Client Management at Atos Origin in the Netherlands. "This contract once more confirms our extremely strong position on the utility market. We already have outsourcing contracts with companies like Nuon, Eneco, Vitens, Gasunie and DELTA. What all these clients have in common with each other is that the service has to continue at all times, that the total cost of ownership is being reduced and that IT has to assist in reducing the time-to-market for new products and services."

According to Edward Nootenboom, Head of IT at EPZ, the energy supplier expects outsourcing to Atos Origin will allow the flexibility of information provision to be increased, as well as improving the availability and continuity of the provision of information. "The role of information provision is becoming increasingly important for companies like us, which also means that it will involve more and more changes. Atos Origin came out of the European tendering process as the most suitable partner for us to tackle this with," says Nootenboom. "This will allow EPZ focus on its core business again: generating electricity and optimising the way we do it."

About Atos
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.

For more information, please contact:
Marianne Hewlett
+ 31 30 299 5006
marianne.hewlett@atosorigin.com

Jose de Vries
+ 33 1 55 91 24 53
jose.devries@atosorigin.com