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Reliance Industries topples ONGC to become top-ranked Indian energy firm

SINGAPORE: Reliance IndustriesBSE 0.17 %has toppled state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) to become the top Indian firm in a global ranking of energy companies.

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led RIL improved eight positions to grab the 19th position on the Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings for 2013.

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 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 
NTPCBSE 0.07 % 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 PetroleumBSE 0.68 % Corp (177), NHPC (197) and Essar Energy (229th position).