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Cairn India has been ranked as the fastest growing energy company in the world while Reliance Industries is the top ranked Indian energy firm in the global ranking.
With a compound growth rate of 121 per cent in past three years, Cairn was ranked the fastest growing energy company in the world ahead of Cnooc of China, Valero Energy of the US, PetroChina, Essar Energy and Russian Rosneft, according to the Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings.
Platts said Cairn, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company whose main asset are the prolofic Rajasthan oilfields, has given 25 per cent return on invested capital and is for the second year in running the world's fastest growing energy firm.
Releasing the Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings for 2013, RIL has toppled state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) to become the top Indian firm in a global ranking.
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led RIL improved eight positions to grab the 19th position on the ranking. ONGC held on its 22nd ranking, the position it had in 2012, while RIL improved from last time's 27th rank.
This year's list is topped by Exxon Mobil Corp, with Chevron Corp in the second place.
The US giants are followed by Royal Dutch Shell and Russia's Gazprom, Statoil of Norway, Total of France and Lukoil of Russia. Chinese firm PetroChina makes an entry at number 8, while UK's BP Plc is ranked number 11.
The Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings, now in its 12th year, is based on data compiled and maintained by S&P Capital IQ, which, like Platts, is a part of The McGraw-Hill Companies.
The 2013 rankings reflect fiscal 2012 financial performance in four key areas: asset value, revenue, profit and return on invested capital (ROIC).
Coal India improved its ranking from 48 to 43 while power utility NTPC went to 49th rank from 62 in 2012.
Oil refining and marketing company Indian Oil Corp improved two positions to rank at number 80 while gas utility GAIL India moved up four notches to 105. Cairn India, which held the 121st position, moved up to 109 this year.
Bharat Petroleum Corp leaped to 119th position from 178 in the 2012 listing. Other Indian firms featuring in the 250 listing include Power Grid Corp (ranked 139), Reliance Infrastructure (163), Hindustan Petroleum Corp (177), NHPC (197) and Essar Energy (229th position).