• It is too early in the process to estimate accurate costs for the project, but the likely total cost for the project is somewhere between $35 and $70 million depending upon the route selected, the associated construction schedule and cost of restoration. As a regulated utility, Piedmont is responsible for effectively managing the cost of this project regardless of the final route.

  • Input from local landowners, interested parties and local leaders are an important part of this process and their feedback will be assessed and a route will be determined in November. Landowners on all three routes will be notified of the outcome of the decision.

  • Depending on the route chosen, the construction schedule will be about 8 - 10 months.

  • As the population of Greenville County approaches 550,000, Piedmont’s customer base here has soared to nearly 92,000 homes and businesses. Decades of growth in the southern ends of the system and in the more urban areas has pulled natural gas away from the northern reaches of the system.

    New natural gas infrastructure is needed to provide pressure to existing customers north of the city to help ensure system reliability for all customers.

  • No. Piedmont's highest priorities are the safe and reliable operation of an affordable natural gas system, respect for the communities we serve and protection of the environment in which we live and work. Input from local landowners, interested parties and local leaders are an important part of this process in evaluating route options.

  • All three routes are equally constructable. The routes that follow Department of Transportation (DOT) rights of way are in more populated/congested areas, as compared to the route that would be along private easements. The DOT routes pose more challenges from a traffic control perspective.

  • For the red and blue DOT routes, Piedmont may need to purchase temporary workspace easements. Our goal is to avoid purchasing new permanent easements along those routes, if possible, keeping the infrastructure within the DOT right of way.

  • Our goal is to negotiate and work with landowners to come to an amicable and reasonable easement settlement agreement. Piedmont works hard to reach agreements to avoid eminent domain.

  • Piedmont mailed an information packet and feedback requests to all 1,700 potentially affected landowners in clearly marked, Piedmont-branded envelopes. In addition to the virtual open house, we have a dedicated phone number and email listed on our website.

    After hearing from all stakeholders and determining which of the proposed routes is most viable for the community, Piedmont, through our Land Services contractor, will notify all impacted owners via mail (regular and certified) of our intent to begin survey activities. This notification will be made at least 30 days prior to our arrival on-site. The Survey Notification letters will be followed by phone calls and in-person meetings by our land agents to get more property information from individual landowners.