Midland County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1

Hilliard Energy, Ltd was hired in March of 2012 to begin routing and identifying landowners for this 60 mile, 48 inch water transmission line through Winkler, Ector and Midland Counties Texas.

Hilliard Energy, Ltd was hired in March of 2012 to begin routing and identifying landowners for this 60 mile, 48 inch water transmission line through Winkler, Ector and Midland Counties Texas.

Billed as, “the largest capital project ever undertaken by the City of Midland,” the MCFWSD1 Water Line begins on the T-Bar Ranch Well Field in western Winkler County, Texas, and ends at its initial termination point about four miles northwest of Midland International Airport. The purpose of this project was in response to Midland’s desperate need for additional water after several years of severe drought. Hilliard Energy was particularly honored to have been chosen as part of the team that would deliver this badly needed resource.

Even though the project was in response to a local civic need, and even though we were working with eminent domain authority, there were still overwhelming issues that had to be overcome to acquire the needed ROW:

1. The most daunting hurdle we faced was the calendar. One of the requirements placed on our team by the City of Midland was to complete the pipeline and deliver water by May 31, 2013. Essentially, we were being asked to build and deliver a project that would normally take 24-36 months in about 16 months.

2. Central and eastern Winkler County is extremely sandy, and both Winkler and Ector Counties have a tremendous amount of oil and gas production. One of our first challenges was to design a route allowing the pipeline to be constructed in such a way that it would not end up being exposed as the sand shifted and yet exist in harmony with oil & gas production.

Despite the routing and timing challenges that we faced, Hilliard acquired all of the needed ROW for this project in 102 days without having to condemn a single piece of property. Additionally, Hilliard played a key role in the packaging for presentation of information that was presented to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the approval of an application for the sale of bonds to finance the project. Subsequently, this bond package won the Southwest Regional Award for “Deal of the Year” by The Bond Buyer, a national daily publication committed to serving the municipal bond industry.

Hilliard Energy was enlisted to provide the following services for the project:

Strategic Planning, Route and Site Selection, Feasibility and Cost Estimation, Surface Land Acquisition, Right-of-Way & Fee Purchase, Project Management, Data Management, Mapping – all GIS types, Abstracting, Zoning and Permitting, Survey Permission and Notification, Underground Line Location, Digital Mapping, Due Diligence, Title Curative, Lease Negotiations, Landowner Relationship Development, Finance Support, Construction Management, and Local Community Relations Meetings, State Regulatory Application Assistance, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Assistance

Midland County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1