“GasTerra and Atos Origin sign 3-year contract extension to manage IT infrastructure and virtualization of office environment”

Utrecht, 11 December 2008

GasTerra, an international company trading in natural gas, and Atos Origin, an international IT services provider, have extended their IT management services contract for 3 years. Besides managing the IT infrastructure, Atos Origin will be responsible for managing the intranet, the website and a specific part of the application landscape. Virtualization of the office environment, including both servers and data storage are part of the new contract. This will enable GasTerra to save on electricity costs and create a modern and flexible environment for development and acceptance.

The new contract fits in with both parties' objectives for sustainable development. Both GasTerra and Atos Origin are aware of their special responsibility with regard to sustainability.

“We are in a period of transition where people are talking about switching from the use of fossil fuels to the introduction of sustainable energy carriers”, explains Johan Stäbler, CIO of GasTerra. “This contract represents our specific commitment to our mutual objectives for sustainable development. Thus the virtualisation of the central office environment will result in the substantial reduction of electricity consumption and indirectly in the reduction of CO² emissions. That is something which will benefit not only our company but also the environment.”

Sustainable IT solutions
“This contract strengthens the relationship between GasTerra and Atos Origin. Atos Origin has shown how it can help clients to develop solutions for realizing sustainable objectives. With our services is GasTerra enabled to save on electricity costs and create a modern and flexible environment for development and acceptance”, says Rob Pols, CEO of Atos Origin in the Netherlands. “That was the reason for setting up our extensive sustainability program that focuses on people, planet and profit. In addition to that we work on developing sustainable IT solutions for trade and industry. Another significant achievement has been the successful implementation of ‘smart' electricity meters within ERDF, the biggest electricity distribution network in the Europe, earlier this year. These enable electricity consumption to be read remotely and optimize network management. We are therefore confident that we can help GasTerra to realize its aims for sustainability.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin, an international IT service-provider, enables customers to translate their vision into results through consulting, systems integration and managed operations. Atos Origin has an annual turnover of 5.8 billion euros in forty countries and employs over 50,000 people, including around 9,000 in the Netherlands, where Atos Origin is the market leader. Atos Origin is the global information technology partner for the Olympic Games and has an international clientele. Atos Origin is listed on the Paris Eurolist Market and operates as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About GasTerra
GasTerra is an international company trading in natural gas and operates on the European energy market. GasTerra also provides related services. The company has a strong purchasing position and has more than 40 years' experience in purchasing and selling natural gas. GasTerra is committed to sustainable development as a guiding principle for its strategy and actions. The economic value of natural gas and its importance to society as a source of energy give GasTerra an important role in utilising Dutch gas reserves and supplying energy in the EU. GasTerra recognises the great importance of the transition to sustainable energy supplies and has initiated various projects in connection with this.

For more information:

Atos Origin
Erica Prins
+31 6 30 43 73 29