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South Hook LNG Terminal Powers into Cloud with IBM and NTT Europe

Europe’s Largest Natural Gas terminal signs 5-Year agreement to transform their business through cloud computing

LONDON, U.K - 10 Jun 2011: IBM (NYSE:IBM), NTT Europe and South Hook LNG Terminal Company Ltd., operators of the largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) re-gasification terminal in Europe, today announced a 5-year agreement for IBM and NTT to deliver  cloud computing services to South Hook’s operations in London and in Milford Haven, Wales.

With the ability to receive and re-gasify up to 20% of the UK's gas demand, South Hook aims to be globally recognised for excellence in safety and reliability, whilst being a considerate and environmentally focused neighbour. The South Hook Terminal in Milford Haven is a final destination for shipments of LNG arriving in the UK from Qatar.

 By moving the IT supporting this process into a private cloud, South Hook is  purchasing a customised solution which is secure, provides more flexibility and uses less energy.-
“Reliability, resilience and 24x7 support is key to ensuring the reliability of our business” said Mohammed Al Naimi, South Hook’s Director & General Manager. “This new solution from IBM and NTT Europe will help us grow and strengthen our international leadership and provide considerable cost, time and energy savings for South Hook and our customers. We feel the introduction of cloud computing is a key transformational step for us on our journey he said.

“South Hook is known for being at the forefront of the international liquefied natural gas industry,” said Jacqueline Davey, Vice President of IBM Business Partner Organisation and member of the IBM UKI Cloud Governance Board. “Along with being able to take advantage of IBM’s experience in the energy industry, our cloud computing services delivered with IBM Business Partner NTT  Europe will enable them to flexibly allocate resources when and where they need it, giving South Hook the upper hand in the fast-changing energy market.”   

”NTT Europe has been working closely with IBM for a number of years”, said Damian Skendrovic, VP Managed Services at NTT Europe, “Our blueprint ‘Secured IT as a Service’ , Hosted IPT and WAN services underpin IBM’s industry specific cloud delivery model for South Hook LNG and we are delighted to continue to partner with IBM to provide outsourced ICT services”

The contract was signed in May 2011.

The project went live immediately after signing and the first phase is due for completion in October 2011.

Notes to the editor

The solution consists of:
i) Data Centre managed services delivered by IBM in partnership with NTT Europe
ii) Managed WAN services delivered by IBM in partnership with NTT Europe
iii) Cloud VoIP Services delivered by IBM
iv) Highly Secure Managed Print Services delivered by IBM
v) Highly Secure Desktop Cloud Services delivered by IBM


Additional Information

About South Hook
For more information on South Hook LNG Terminal, visit www.southhooklng.co.uk


About NTT Europe
NTT Europe is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of NTT Communications which is the global data and IP services arm of the Fortune Global 500 telecom leader, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT Europe is responsible for business in the EMEA market and provides a world-class Tier-1 Internet backbone, secure closed networks, security, system integration, network and application management, managed hosting and global content delivery services with partner companies globally. For additional information, please visit www.eu.ntt.com

About IBM
For more information on IBM, visit www.ibm.com

Contact(s) information

Anne Kristine Janson
UK External Relations
+44 (0) 20 8818 4078
akjanson@uk.ibm.com

Chris Rayner
NTT Europe
+44 (0) 203 217 1446
chris.rayner@ntt.eu

Mariam Dalziel
PR Manager, South Hook LNG Terminal
+44 (0) 1437 78002
mdalziel@southhooklng.com

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