SINGAPORE, August 27 /PRNewswire/ --

- Singapore's Iswaran to Highlight Asia-Pacific's Rising Energy Role at October 20 Gathering of Energy Company Executives

Singapore's top official for trade and industry, S. Iswaran, is slated to keynote the acclaimed Platts Top 250 Global Energy Companies rankings and Asia leadership recognition awards dinner and gala presentation on October 20 in Singapore.

The Platts Top 250 Global Energy Companies Rankings, now in its seventh year, measures corporate leadership by examining each company's financial performance and tracking the movement within the ranks of Asia companies as their role in the world's global energy sustainability equation increases. Platts executives anticipate that the 2008 awards will reflect a continued rise in leadership and dominance of regional energy companies, and the increasing importance of their contributions to sustainable energy technologies and practices.

"Platts is honored that Mr. Iswaran will deliver this year's keynote address highlighting the growing influence of Singapore and other Asia-Pacific countries in an increasingly global energy marketplace," said Platts President Victoria Chu Pao. "Asia's representation in the Platts Top 250 is 20 percent and rising steadily."

In addition to his role as Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr. Iswaran was elected to Parliament three times and was Deputy Speaker of Parliament for two years. Iswaran has also held senior executive positions at Singapore Technologies, Temasek Holdings and the Singapore Indian Development Association. He has an economics degree from the University of Adelaide and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard.

"Singapore has been host to the Platts Top 250 event for the last three years and we are pleased to once again welcome energy executives from the region and the world to Singapore to celebrate their leadership and performance as they embrace the challenge of finding solutions to the world's future energy needs," said S. Iswaran, Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry. "It's fitting that Singapore, fast-becoming a hub for environmental sustainability, is the site for this event and the important industry dialogue that will be occurring at the corresponding Top 250 Executive Summit."

Platts is the world's leading energy information provider and a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. At the Top 250 Asia Leadership Awards Dinner and gala, now in its third year, Platts will also recognize the Top 10 Asian Energy Companies, the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Asian Energy Companies, and the Top Asian Energy Companies in each of eight industry segments:

-- Diversified utilities -- Exploration and production -- Electric utilities -- Gas utilities -- Integrated oil and gas companies -- Refining and marketing -- Independent power producers -- Coal and consumable fuel companies

The dinner and gala follow the unveiling of the 2008 Platts Top 250 Global Energy Companies Ranking and the associated Executive Summit, where CEOs and other executives will gather to discuss key issues facing the energy industry and the Asia-Pacific region.

Attendance at the Platts Top 250 Global Energy Companies Asia Leadership Awards Dinner is open to all companies with business interests in Asia or to top energy companies worldwide. For additional information, a list of last year's Platts Top 250 rankings, or to reserve attendance, visit Credentialed media may attend the Awards Dinner as guests with advance registration at Television cameras are permitted.

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Kathleen Tanzy, +1-212-904-2860,, or Asia: Casey Yew, +65-653-06552,, or Europe: Shiona Ramage, +44207-1766153, /Note to Editors: List of 2007 Winners: In 2007, the Platts Top 250 ranked ExxonMobil Corporation as #1 globally and PetroChina Co. Ltd as #1 in the Asia/Pacific Rim region; China Resources Power Holdings of Hong Kong was Asia's #1 Fastest Growing Company. In 2007 India and China had seven companies each in the Top 250 ranking. China had 4 companies in the ranks of the Top 250's Fastest Growing Energy Companies.