Singapore's Senior Trade Minister to Keynote Platts Top 250 Global Energy Companies Rankings and Asia Leadership Awards Dinner

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

    SINGAPORE, Aug. 27 /CNW/ -- 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.
    For the third year, Logical Information Machines (LIM) is the key sponsor
of the Platts Top 250 events. LIM provides data, analytics and research to the
energy and financial sectors. Its customers are among the world's largest
hedge funds, mutual funds, banks and energy concerns.  Additional sponsorships
are still available. For more information contact Bob Botelho at +970-232-9754
    About Platts
    Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:   MHP), is a leading
global provider of energy and commodities information. With nearly a century
of business experience, Platts serves customers across more than 150
countries. An independent provider, Platts serves the oil, natural gas,
electricity, emissions, nuclear power, coal, petrochemical, shipping, and
metals markets from 17 offices worldwide. Platts' real-time news, pricing,
analytical services and conferences help markets operate with transparency and
efficiency. Traders, risk managers, analysts, and industry leaders depend upon
Platts to help them make better trading and investment decisions. Additional
information is available at
    About The McGraw-Hill Companies
    Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:   MHP) is a leading
global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial
services, education and business information markets through leading brands
such as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power
and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries.
Sales in 2007 were $6.8 billion. Additional information is available at

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