NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy companies from 23 countries have been selected as finalists for the Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing exemplary industry leadership. The 2012 finalists, chosen from nearly 200 nominees from 26 nominating countries, were announced today by program host Platts, a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals and metals information.
Established in 1999 and often described as "the Oscars" of the energy industry, the Platts Global Energy Awards highlight corporate and individual innovation, leadership and superior performance in 19 categories spanning the entire energy complex.
"It's notable that this year's Awards program attracted nominations from twenty six countries, making it truly the most international representation in the program's fourteen-year history," said Larry Neal, president of Platts. "While U.S. companies dominated, nominees and finalists also came from such places as Dominica, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand and Malta. We congratulate each of the nominees and finalists and look forward to announcing the winners in November."
Not only were the program's entrants more diverse by geography, but also by industry. In the Energy Efficiency-Commercial End-User category alone, the finalists include a convention center, an engine manufacturer, an aluminum producer, shipping and spice companies, and department and food store chains.
"The list of finalists also shows the broadening of influence well beyond the Western majors, with many non-traditional names among the Commodity Excellence categories in oil and natural gas," said Patsy Wurster, head of the Platts Global Energy Awards program.
From the list of finalists unveiled today, winners will be chosen in each independent Awards category and the 2012 Energy Company of the Year will be selected from the list of finalists in the Vision & Leadership and Commodity Excellence Awards sections. Winners will be determined by the program's independent panel of judges and announced at the 2012 Global Energy Awards black-tie dinner gala on November 29 at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. CNBC News Anchor Amanda Drury will return to emcee the gala for a third consecutive year.
The awards dinner will be preceded earlier in the day by an associated event, the November 29 Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum, entitled "Fuel Fight: Environment Meets Economics," which features a keynote speaker and a panel debate and discussions by energy executives, government officials and industry leaders.
Corporate and industry representatives who wish to attend the awards dinner may RSVP at this registration link (http://bit.ly/SgNJ9i). Accredited media may attend by registering at the press registration link (http://bit.ly/PCh37t).
Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services returns for a 10th year as principal sponsor of the Platts Global Energy Awards. Elster, one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers, is a co-sponsor of the event for the 5th consecutive year.
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