Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been selected by Amprion Ltd., Germany's
largest transmission system operator, to help optimize its procurement
function and improve its competitive positioning in a rapidly changing
market. Terms of the 5-year outsourcing agreement were not disclosed.
Accenture will be responsible for managing the purchase of all goods and
services for Amprion, from negotiations with suppliers to the review and
settlement of invoices, in order to improve processes and lower total
costs. Accenture will also provide a procurement help desk capability.
Under the European Union's third common energy market directive and the
German energy act, Amprion and RWE are required to completely unbundle
their procurement processes, which until now were shared by the two
companies. RWE holds a 25.1% share in Amprion.
"Accenture looks forward to working with Amprion to further optimize its
procurement processes," said Andreas Wisser, a senior executive in
Accenture' Utilities industry group. "This agreement should enable
Amprion to focus more on its core business: the upgrading and operation
of its high voltage network."
Accenture will run and maintain the procurement function from Dortmund
and its Delivery Centers in Prague and Bratislava.
About Amprion Ltd.
Amprion Ltd. runs a network of transmission systems of 380,000 and
220,000 volt. The core task of the 900 members of staff is to ensure a
secure transmission of electricity at all times and in line with the
market price. With a length of 11,000 kilometers and 160 relay stations
between Lower Saxony and the borders to Switzerland and Austria, Amprion
owns the longest high voltage network in Germany. Due to its central
position in Europe, Amprion's network is an important hub for
electricity trading in Europe. Its home page is www.amprion.net.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with 257,000 people serving clients in more than
120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive
capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive
research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture
collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance
businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of
US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page
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