National Grid RI Team Places 7th in National Gas Rodeo

By Darlene Masse


Every day our natural gas crews are out in the field working hard to repair gas leaks, install new services and replace leak-prone pipe. If you have seen our crews in action, you know how skilled they are at their jobs.

Once a year, this skill is on full display as representatives of our natural gas operations team compete in the National Gas Rodeo. Recently held in Denver, Colorado, the rodeo attracts competitors from utilities throughout the United States. The event is a great opportunity for natural gas workers to showcase their talents, share best practices, and connect with other industry professionals.

National Grid in RI sent a team to this year’s competition.


The Rhode Island Regulators team included:
Frank DeOliviera
Justin Dugas
Russ Barron
Shawn Lenihan
Paul Mancone (alternate)
Jared Clapp (tool engineer)
Frank Pasquel (supervisor)
Phil DeMelo (supervisor)

The team placed 7th overall out of 22 teams in their division. Other highlights included: 2nd place for the meter fit event, and 6th place in the relay event.

“I was impressed with the team’s competitive nature,” said Frank Pasquel. “As a supervisor, I am proud to see how well these individuals can work as a team and their overall ability to come together and work in such a competitive atmosphere.”

Check out the following YouTube videos for a better sense of the action. Congrats to the RI Regulators for a job well done!

See the RI Regulators in Action on YouTube (video clips show different events).

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