Royal Dutch Shell Wins "Company of the Year" and Commodity Excellence Honors at Platts Global Energy Awards; "CEO" Goes to

 Royal Dutch Shell Wins "Company of the Year" and Commodity Excellence Honors
        at Platts Global Energy Awards; "CEO" Goes to Repsol's Brufau

14th Annual Event Lauds Winners from China, France, India, Netherlands, Spain,
Thailand, U.S.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners from seven countries and three
continents took top honors in New York City tonight at the Platts Global
Energy Awards, which recognized three industry leaders and 16 companies for
exemplary individual and corporate achievement. The awards program, now in its
14^th year, is one of the energy industry's premier recognition events and
often referred to as the "Oscars" of the energy industry.

"Nearly every award entry this year demonstrated a drive for developing
creative solutions to the world's energy challenges," said Larry Neal,
president of Platts, a leading global energy, petrochemicals and metals
information provider and host of the Awards. "Platts congratulates winners and
finalists alike for their efforts to promote a secure and socially-responsible
energy future."

Antonio Brufau, executive chairman of Spain's integrated oil and gas company
Repsol, won 2012 "Chief Executive Officer" honors, besting a competitive list
of finalists. While Brufau won accolades for shepherding Repsol's growth in
upstream exploration activities, expanding the company into wind power and
overseeing a stock boon that has outpaced its European rivals, it was his
leadership of the last seven months, judges said, that really set him apart.
Within weeks of the Argentine government's sudden expropriation of Repsol
subsidiary Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales (YPF), Brufau set a course that
kept Repsol from potential dismantlement, retained its standing with
investors, and positioned it for high-growth ex-YPF.

Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell also stood apart from the night's other
winners, snagging not one, but two awards – the much sought-after "Energy
Company of the Year" and "Commodity Excellence Award for Natural Gas." Judges
were impressed by the company's commitment to continual innovation despite the
scale of its current operations. Shell's downstream activities in chemical
gas-to-liquids technologies development caught the judges' attention, as did
its liquefied natural gas (LNG) technologies, which enhance energy efficiency
and advance LNG as a transport fuel for trucks, ships and locomotives. The
judges also cited Shell's advancements in deepwater drilling, shale
development and tight-gas extraction, all of which are helping to drive U.S.
energy independence.

"Commodity Excellence Awards," which recognize companies that have performed
at the top of a sector in fundamental and innovative ways, also went to CNOOC
Limited of China, and Peabody Energy and PJM Interconnection, both of the
United States. 

In bestowing the "Commodity Excellence Award for Oil" on CNOOC, China's
largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas, judges heralded the
company for its nimble but robust international growth strategy amid a
volatile price environment. Describing CNOOC as "innovative and leaders in
their own right," judges pointed to its two dozen-plus new oil discoveries
since 2011, its achievement of a reserve replacement ratio in excess of 150%,
and financial results comparable to those of Western peers.

Operational excellence, global growth and a commitment to workplace safety
were cited as factors in the choice of Peabody Energy for the "Commodity
Excellence for Coal" award. Judges honored Peabody for maximizing performance
while successfully investing internationally. Its purchase of former Macarthur
Coal Limited made the Missouri-based company the world's largest seaborne
supplier of pulverized coal injection resources as well as the third largest
holder of coal reserves in Australia. Judges emphasized that, while
integrating this acquisition, Peabody sustained record-breaking financial
performance and enhanced workplace safety.

The "Commodity Excellence for Electric Power" award went to Pennsylvania-based
PJM Interconnection, in recognition of its "relentless focus on reliability."
The independent power system operator was lauded for effective energy storage
management and grid balancing, and for driving transformation of the broader
market through its demand response initiatives, which promote efficiency by
compensating commercial and industrial consumers for not using power during
periods of high demand. PJM's effective management of the industry's shift in
generation from coal to gas and its cyber-security efforts to protect the
nation's transmission system were other factors that made it a winner.

Pierre Gadonneix, a respected advisor to governments and private industry and
advocate of green energy, was given the 2012 "Lifetime Achievement" award. He
was honored for his 44-year career in the energy sector and his advocacy of
the "Energy Trilemma," which refers to the simultaneous global pursuit of
three goals – security of supply, protection of the environment and the
climate, and social equity and struggle against energy poverty. Gadonneix, who
served at CEO level for 22 years in the gas and electric utility industries,
is currently chairman of the World Energy Council, an independent policy body
accredited by the United Nations to represent all aspects of the global energy
system. Judges emphasized that Gadonniex's leadership and advocacy has not
only had a major impact on the companies he served, but also on the energy
sector in France and internationally.

The Global Energy Awards dinner, held at the Cipriani Wall Street in lower
Manhattan, was attended by hundreds of energy executives and emceed by CNBC
Television's Amanda Drury for a third consecutive year. 

Preceding the awards ceremony was the sixth annual Platts Global Energy
Outlook Forum "Fuel Fight: Environment Meets Economics," where speakers and
participants discussed challenges to a low-carbon green economy, how to remove
impediments to scalable green energy and the long-term supply and demand
outlook for energy. Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum presented the
keynote address.

The 2012 Platts Global Energy Awards sponsors included Capgemini, as principal
for a 10^th consecutive year, along with returning Elster for a 5^th year.

The winners of the 2012 Platts Global Energy Awards by category are:


Chief Executive Officer
Antonio Brufau of Repsol

Energy Company of the Year
Royal Dutch Shell

Industry Leadership
EnerNOC Inc.

Lifetime Achievement
Pierre Gadonneix

Rising Star - Individual
Kevin Smith

Rising Star - Company

Strategic Deal
Exelon Corporation


Peabody Energy

Electric Power
PJM Interconnection

CNOOC Limited

Natural Gas
Royal Dutch Shell


Corporate Social Responsibility
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited

Energy Efficiency Program - Commercial End-User
Kohl's Department Stores

Energy Efficiency Program - Energy Supplier
Enzen Global Solutions Pvt Ltd

Green Energy Supplier
MidAmerican Energy Company


Air Products and Chemicals

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation


Commercial Application
GASFRAC Energy Services, Inc.

Sustainable Innovation

More information on the 2012 winners can be found in the December Platts
Insight Magazine, on the media kit, or on the Platts Global Energy Awards

Next year's Platts Global Energy Awards and events will be held December 12,
2012 in New York City. Platts will hold its inaugural Platts Global Metals
Awards program May 23, 2013 in London. 

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