Boston's Landmark Gas Tank on Southeast Expressway to Get Name Change as KeySpan Transitions to National Grid

Work to begin on Dorchester site along Southeast Expressway on Monday,

September 24; Corita Kent's famous 150-foot rainbow swash to be preserved

Sep 24, 2007, 01:00 ET from National Grid

    WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Starting Monday,
 September 24, commuters on the Southeast Expressway will notice that
 Boston's landmark gas tank will be getting a minor facelift. As KeySpan
 continues its transition to National Grid, workers will start updating the
 name on the exterior of the tank. Although the name on the tank will
 change, Corita Kent's artwork, originally commissioned in 1971 by Boston
 Gas Company, will remain the same.
     "We are announcing the surface detail work on our gas tank in advance
 so we can prepare morning commuters for this visible transition," said Nick
 Stavropoulos, Executive Vice President of US Gas Distribution for National
 Grid. "Weather permitting, the work should be completed within ten days."
     "Corita Kent's artwork is a cherished icon and a Boston landmark
 visible to everyone traveling on the Southeast Expressway. As KeySpan
 transitions to National Grid, we are pleased to preserve her work,"
 Stavropoulos added.
     On Monday, workers will begin power washing the surface as preparation
 for installing the new National Grid logo. After the washing is complete,
 workers will utilize a 100-foot lift with basket to install individual
 sections of the new logo. Each section is 32 square feet in size with 100
 individual sections ultimately making up the entire logo. During this
 process, National Grid and KeySpan encourage drivers to pay more attention
 to their commute than the work being conducted on the gas tank.
     Background on National Grid / KeySpan Merger
     On Friday, August 24, National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:   NGG) officially
 completed the acquisition of KeySpan. National Grid and its predecessor
 companies have been serving electric and natural gas customers in the
 Northeast, including certain areas currently served by KeySpan in New
 England, for more than a century.
     Background on Corita Kent
     According to the excerpts taken from her biography on the The Corita
 Art Center web site (, Corita Kent, also known as
 Sister Corita, gained international fame for her vibrant serigraphs during
 the 1960s and 1970s. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the
 Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968 when she left the
 Order and moved to Boston. Corita's art reflects her spirituality, her
 commitment to social justice, her hope for peace and her delight in "the
 world that takes place all around us."
     Corita was born Frances Kent in 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She grew up
 in Los Angeles and joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in
 1936, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. On Sept. 18, 1986 Corita finally
 lost her battle with cancer and died in her own home.
     Commissioned by the Boston Gas Company in 1971, The Boston gas tank on
 the Southeast Expressway still bears her famous 150-foot rainbow swash,
 which is a similar to her design for the 1985 Love Stamp.
     About National Grid
     National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:   NGG) is an international electricity and
 gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the
 world. We play a vital role in providing energy to many millions of
 customers across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient,
 reliable and safe manner. We are committed to being an innovative leader in
 energy management, safeguarding our global environment for future
 generations and providing all our customers with highest standards of
 service through ongoing investment in our systems and through our talented,
 diverse workforce.
     In the US, National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3
 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode
 Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an
 agreement with the Long Island Power Authority. National Grid is the
 largest power producer in New York State, owning 6,650 megawatts of
 electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA
 customers and supplies roughly a quarter of New York City's electricity
 needs. It is also the largest distributor of natural gas in the
 northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York,
 Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
     National Grid owns the high-voltage electricity transmission network in
 England and Wales and operates the system across Great Britain. It also
 owns and operates the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain and
 its distribution business delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses.
     National Grid also has a number of businesses operating in related
 areas such as LNG importation, land remediation, storage and metering.

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