Continental Resources Snags Twin Win: "Company" & "CEO" of 2013 at Platts Global Energy Awards

  Continental Resources Snags Twin Win: "Company" & "CEO" of 2013 at Platts
                             Global Energy Awards

20 Winners Hailed from Canada, China, India, Philippines, South Korea,
Switzerland, U.K., U.S.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Continental Resources, a U.S.-based
independent exploration and production company, snagged top honors at
tonight's 15^th annual Platts Global Energy Awards, the industry's most
recognized awards program. Besting an impressive list of finalists, the
Oklahoma-based company left the stage with both "Energy Company" and "CEO" of
the year titles.

Nearly 500 energy industry executives from 19 countries attended the black-tie
gala emceed by CNBC television anchor Amanda Drury at the Waldorf Astoria in
midtown Manhattan. The Awards, described as the "Oscars" of energy, included
18 performance categories which honored outstanding achievement in leadership,
innovation, stewardship and entrepreneurship.

"Tonight's winners exemplify stories that have dominated headlines – shale
leading the growth in U.S. natural gas and oil production, Asia remaining
dominant as the energy demand engine, and solar staking a greater claim to the
resource mix," said Larry Neal, president of Platts, a leading global energy
and commodities information provider and host of the Awards. "We congratulate
Harold Hamm for Continental's impressive dual win and applaud each of this
year's winners and finalists for their contributions to the world's energy

In its selection of CEO of the Year, the independent judges panel was
impressed by Continental Resource chief Harold Hamm's foresight, boldness in
experimentation, and deployment of cutting-edge technology. With these traits
as drivers, Hamm steered the company to a first-mover advantage in the Bakken
shale play of North Dakota and Montana, enabling it to amass a commanding
acreage position in one of the largest contiguous oil fields discovered
worldwide in more than 40 years. 

The Oklahoma-based, 46-year-old oil and gas company also received the
highly-sought Energy Company of the Year, an award winner chosen by the judges
from the entire list of finalist companies rather than a group of nominees.
For this award, judges looked for all-around excellence in execution of a
total energy strategy that focused on resource diversity, breadth of
portfolio, and technological innovation, as well as concern for the
environment, care for the consumer and commitment to sustainability. Judges
said Continental Resources was a standout by those measures and applauded the
company's operating efficiencies, its plan to triple production and proven
reserves within five years, while also optimizing takeaway capacity to reach
key markets.

This year's winners of the Platts Global Energy Awards -- five individuals and
15 companies -- hailed from eight countries and three continents and were
chosen from more than 200 nominations by the judges panel. Neither Platts nor
its sponsors played any role in the selection of winners.

For 2013's Lifetime Achievement recognition, judges selected not one, but
three individuals, noting that each one's body of work demonstrates exemplary
vision and industry-altering leadership, but within diverse industry spheres:

  oJim Rogers, retiring chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy, the
    largest U.S. electric power holding company with more than $110 billion in
    total assets. Describing Rogers as a visionary, pioneer, and champion of
    market deregulation, emissions trading and nuclear power, judges pointed
    to his long career of "firsts," which put Rogers at the forefront of
    industry change. Read more (
  oMichael Peevey, president of U.S. California Public Utilities Commission
    (CPUC), a regulator of privately owned electric, natural gas,
    telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger
    transportation companies. Judges said energy efficiency wasn't just an
    admirable concept to Peevey, but a hallmark of his initiatives, including
    implementation of one of the most ambitious, solar-inclusive, renewable
    programs in the United States. Read more (
  oBipin Vora, engineer, inventor and 39-year veteran of UOP LLC, a Honeywell
    Company and top international supplier and licensor for the petroleum
    refining, processing and major manufacturing industries. Judges said Vora
    changed the industry from the ground up with his R&D triumphs, including
    nearly 300 patents worldwide for products valued at more than $10 billion
    annually that support environmentally-friendly petrochemical processes.
    Read more (

Individual performance was also heralded in the Rising Star category. South
African Sheldon Kimber, chief operating officer of clean-energy company
Recurrent Energy of San Francisco, was bestowed "Rising Star – Individual
Award" for 2013. Thirty-five-year-old Kimber, in less than seven years, helped
Recurrent transition from a small-scale rooftop solar energy developer with 12
employees to an industry-leading, utility-scale developer with more than 125
employees worldwide and one of the largest solar development portfolios in
North America.

China's CNOOC Limited took center stage in mergers and acquisitions, winning
Deal of the Year, for its 2013-completed $15.1 billion purchase of Canada's
Nexen Inc., China's biggest overseas energy acquisition. Judges heralded the
deal's scope, openness of negotiations, and its integration of two entirely
different corporate cultures, saying it will likely push CNOOC into the
world's top 10 energy companies by 2014 and change geopolitics.

Twenty recipients were named at the Platts Global Energy Awards, which
recognized leadership by energy sector, premier projects, resource and
community stewardship, innovative and green technologies, and top deals.

The winners of the 2013 Platts Global Energy Awards: 


Energy Company of the Year
Continental Resources

Chief Executive Officer
Continental Resources' Harold Hamm

Deal of the Year
CNOOC Limited

Lifetime Achievement
Michael Peevey, California Public Utilities Commission
Jim Rogers, Duke Energy
Bipin Vora, UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company

Rising Star - Individual
Sheldon Kimber, Recurrent Energy

Rising Star - Company
Nodal Exchange


Electricity Generation
Korea Southern Power Ltd. (KOSPO)

Exploration & Production
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Grid Optimization
Bonneville Power Administration

Puma Energy



Hatch Ltd. & Hatch Mott MacDonald


Corporate Social Responsibility
Manila Electric Company

Energy Efficiency Program - Commercial End-User

Energy Efficiency Program - Energy Supplier
Constellation, an Exelon Company

Green Energy Supplier
First Solar, Inc.


Commercial Application
Caterpillar Inc.
Meta Downhole Ltd.

Sustainable Innovation

Full information on the winners and judges' rationale can be found in the
December Platts Insight Magazine, on the Platts Global Energy Awards website
or via the Platts Global Energy Awards media kit.

Preceding the awards ceremony was the seventh annual Platts Global Energy
Outlook Forum, which featured discussions and panel debates of such topics as
the U.S. energy boom and international implications; the evolution of fuel
choices by global region; and the emphasis on midstream and downstream
industries amid ongoing advances in renewable energy and extraction
technologies. U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz keynoted the Forum,
where "finalists" in the Global Energy Awards competition received accolades
for contributions to the energy industry.

Sponsors of the Platts Global Energy Awards and reception were Mercer, a
global human resource consulting leader and subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan
Companies, and GlobalView, a leading provider of energy and commodity and
market data solutions, respectively.

Next year's Platts Global Energy Awards and events will be held December 11,
2014 in New York City. Platts will hold a related Awards event, its second
annual Platts Global Metals Awards program in May 2014 in London.

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