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Polish Power Exchange Extends and Upgrades Technology Agreement With Nasdaq

NEW YORK and WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Polish Power Exchange and Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the Polish Power Exchange (POLPX) will tap Nasdaq's X-stream Trading technology platform. POLPX has been a Nasdaq customer since 2005, and the new agreement will extend this relationship beyond 2020.



The new technology upgrade will give POLPX improved functionality and support higher trading volumes, which underscores its continued growth— and allow for further expansion into other commodities and derivatives. In addition, POLPX will be Nasdaq's inaugural energy customer using X-stream Trading, which is currently the most highly deployed trading engine in the world.

"The implementation of a new trading system in cooperation with a proven partner marks a breakthrough in our development," said Ireneusz ‎Łazor, President of the Management Board, Polish Power Exchange. "Modern technology will open up new business areas thus enabling us to become a global and multifunctional market. We are facing numerous challenges, including those related to the creation of a derivatives market or active participation in the common European energy market. There are also other commodity markets we are developing. Undoubtedly, our current participants will see positive changes and we hope to attract the interest in our market from international players. New functionalities will, above all, provide enhanced capabilities for flexible management of the buy/sell portfolio of instruments offered at POLPX".

To complement the technology upgrade, Nasdaq will also support POLPX in the launch of its new financial settled energy futures market, which plans to go live in 2015. Further, the agreement also allows POLPX the option to use SAPRI (Nasdaq's energy auction platform), which would be used in their preparations to participate in Europe's energy cross-border auctions, 'PCR' (Price Coupling of Regions).

"Our new agreement with POLPX is a milestone for Nasdaq and a true indication of where energy market leaders are taking their business," said Lars Ottersgård, Executive Vice President, Market Technology, Nasdaq. "This demand for increased functionality and performance has pushed us to innovate and invest in our energy offerings and bring a cutting-edge, flexible and robust energy trading and clearing platform to the market. We are truly honored to be supporting POLPX as they evolve their business, and look forward to continuing our mutual, long-term relationship".

Nasdaq's exchange technology, including trading, clearing, CSD and market surveillance systems, is in operation in over 100 marketplaces across USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and Middle East.

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The Polish Power Exchange (POLPX) was established at the end of 1999. It is the only licensed energy exchange in Poland. The launch of POLPX was one of the first steps towards the liberalisation of the Polish electricity market and the privatisation of the power sector. Since February 2012 POLPX has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

POLPX operates the following markets: electricity (Commodity Forward Instruments Market with Physical Delivery - CFIM, Day-Ahead Market - DAM, Intraday Market - IDM and gas market (CFIM, DAMg), as well as Property Rights Market. POLPX is currently one of the most rapidly growing commodity exchanges in the region. This is supported by the membership in EUROPEX, an organization which promotes the consolidation of energy markets through cross-border links, and gathers all active power exchanges in Europe trading in both commodity and financial instruments. Since December 2010 POLPX and Nord Pool Spot operate joint day-ahead markets on a market coupling basis for the Swe-Pol Link between Sweden and Poland. To learn more visit www.tge.pl.

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CONTACT: Media contacts: Nasdaq: Ryan Wells, (646) 581-4286 (M), Ryan.Wells@nasdaq.com Polish Power Exchange: Agata Samcik, +48 22 341 99 97, +48 885 885 645, +48 607 030 573, press@tge.pl

Source:The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.