CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) today announced an agreement with Duke Energy to provide natural gas delivery service to the electric utility's W.S. Lee power generation facility near Anderson, South Carolina. Piedmont plans to construct approximately 1.5 miles of new natural gas transmission pipeline and compression facilities to provide natural gas delivery service to the plant by May, 2017. Piedmont's investment in the pipeline and compression facilities is estimated at $38 million and is supported by a long-term service agreement with Duke Energy. The agreement is subject to approval by the South Carolina Public Service Commission. Piedmont Natural Gas Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas E. Skains commented on the agreement, "We are excited about this additional opportunity to work with Duke Energy to build new infrastructure to deliver clean and efficient natural gas to the W.S. Lee facility. We believe this project will benefit both the environment and energy consumers in South Carolina." Forward-Looking Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and information currently available and are believed to be reasonable and are made in good faith. However, the forward-looking statements are subject to future events, risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the statements. Factors that may make the actual results differ from anticipated results include, but are not limited to, weather conditions, rate of customer growth, the cost and availability of natural gas, competition from other energy providers, new legislation and regulations and application of existing laws and regulations, economic and capital market conditions, the cost and availability of labor and materials and other uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and some of which are beyond our control. For these reasons, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. The words "expect," "believe," "project," "anticipate," "intend," "should," "could," "assume," "can," "estimate," "forecast," "future," "indicate," "outlook," "plan," "predict," "seek," "target," "would," "may," "guidance," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are only as of the date they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More information about the risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements may be found in Piedmont's latest Forms 10-K and 10-Q, which are available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. About Piedmont Natural Gas Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation utility customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including customers served by municipalities who are wholesale customers. Our subsidiaries are invested in joint venture, energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, and regulated interstate natural gas transportation and storage, and regulated intrastate natural gas transportation businesses. More information about Piedmont Natural Gas is available on the Internet at http://www.piedmontng.com/.