Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, has awarded a five-year contract to Capgemini UK for the management and support of its corporate SAP services in the UK, North America, Norway and The Netherlands.

The contract, worth £18.9 million over the period, requires Capgemini to transform and simplify SAP services at Centrica, with the aim of delivering a more uniform and consistent IT support internationally.

While the contract includes SAP applications and infrastructure maintenance, it does not cover SAP customer care and billing for British Gas.

Capgemini will replace a number of contracts that Centrica had in place with different companies around the world.

Some 27 Centrica employees will transfer under TUPE legislation to Capemini on 16 September.

The utility firm recently migrated 26,500 users from Windows XP to Windows 7.