Robeson Liquified Natural Gas
Project OverviewPiedmont Natural Gas plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Robeson County, N.C. This facility is needed to fulfill our commitment to supply natural gas to customers during peak usage days, when extreme low temperatures create a higher-than-normal demand for natural gas.
- Location: The LNG facility will be located in Robeson County, roughly halfway between Maxton and Red Springs, in an area already zoned for heavy industrial use. Its footprint will be 60 acres, situated within a 685-acre parcel, which offers an abundance of green space.
- Function: The facility will be a 1 billion-cubic-foot LNG peaking and storage facility, with the ability to serve roughly 100,000 homes on a cold day.
- Timing: Construction began in June 2019, with an estimated completion date in the summer of 2021.
- Ownership: This facility will be 100 percent owned and operated by Piedmont Natural Gas.
- Cost: We expect the project to cost approximately $250 million.
- Staffing: The site will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by trained Piedmont Natural Gas personnel.
- Safety watch
- General construction helpers
- Heavy and light equipment operators
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Subcontractor, vendor, supplier opportunities
- Civil – clear, grub, excavation, engineered fill
- Concrete supply
- Concrete pump trucks
- Forms rental
- Waste disposal
- Cleaning services
- Rental equipment
- Welding gasses
- Lumber and infrastructure materials
- Testing: NDE, Welder certification
- Temporary office building rentals
- Security services
- Fencing (both temporary and permanent)
What is LNG?Liquefied natural gas is a safe, reliable fuel source. Natural gas liquefies when it is cooled to about minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit, which allows it to be stored in a fraction of the space.
When the supply is needed, we turn LNG back into its gaseous state and inject it into our pipeline network.
Safety and Environmental ProtectionPiedmont’s No. 1 priority is the safety of our natural gas infrastructure, our communities and our employees. We have more than 40 years of experience owning and safely operating LNG facilities throughout the construction process and ongoing operations. We build multiple and redundant safety systems into all aspects of our natural gas infrastructure.
Piedmont is committed to protecting significant cultural sites, environmentally sensitive areas and endangered species. We work with appropriate federal and state agencies and fully comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Beyond that, Piedmont has its own standards designed to minimize the impact of our construction activities on surrounding areas.
Frequently asked questions
Piedmont Natural Gas is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable natural gas. Building this facility is the most cost-effective solution to meet our customers’ needs on peak usage days, and this measure is necessary to help Piedmont maintain the same safe, reliable natural gas service our customers have come to expect.
This project is part of the ongoing investments Piedmont makes in its natural gas operations to provide our customers with the most reliable service. Benefits include:
- The infrastructure will improve the reliability of the supply of natural gas in the Carolina
- Providing capacity during the coldest days of the year
- Low cost:
- Building the facility costs less than contracting for new peaking and/or storage capacity with a third party
- Economic and community growth:
- We are committed to investing in this community, and the LNG facility will deliver immediate and significant economic benefits to the local communities and help drive economic growth
- This includes the more than $800,000 in annual tax revenue to Robeson County, benefiting local services such as health care, schools and emergency response
- The project also will create up to 150 jobs during the two years of construction and 10 to 12 permanent jobs to manage the operations of the facility
Piedmont Natural Gas strategically locates our LNG facilities in areas of our natural gas delivery system where we see the opportunity to provide better, more reliable service to our customers. Piedmont already has facilities in Huntersville (a suburb of Charlotte) and Bentonville, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn.
The need for this LNG facility is independent from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) supply. This facility will be used to support service to existing Piedmont Natural Gas customers during peak usage days.
The ACP is designed to help meet the growing demand for natural gas in the Carolinas from residential, commercial, industrial and power generation markets. Greater availability of natural gas represents a strong economic development tool for counties in and along the pipeline route specifically and across the region generally.