Infrastructure

COMMUNICATIONS

Telecommunications
Southwestern Bell maintains regional offices in Midland and provides state-of-the-art telecommunication services throughout West Texas. Fiber optic lines for voice and data transmissions are operated by AT&T, MCI and Sprint, while many local and regional long distance services compete for business in Midland and the surrounding area.

Media
ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS broadcast from the Midland/Odessa area ,and three AM and 13 FM radio stations broadcast from Midland. The city has one of the highest cable penetration rates in the state.

The Midland Reporter-Telegram is published daily, and the MRT "Permian Basin Oil and Gas Report" comes out weekly. 


TRANSPORTATION
Midland’s strategic location in West Texas and fully integrated air, rail, and highway transportation system give excellent access to other North American regions, particularly the Southwest, Midwest, and northern Mexico. Major cities located in these regions, especially in Texas, Colorado, and Arizona, are among the fastest growing in the United States.

Highway
Midland is strategically located on Interstate 20 halfway between the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez metropolitan area. Three state highways, and two inter-city highways provide rapid access to Interstates 10, 27, and 40.

La Entrada al Pacifico
Midland’s location on the proposed trade corridor, La Entrada al Pacifico (Gateway to the Pacific), has long-term advantages for the region. The route from Topolobampo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast through Chihuahua City to Midland-Odessa will expedite transportation connections to Asia. The proposed route will provide the shortest distance between Dallas and the Pacific and Chicago and the Pacific. Many improvements have already taken place on this route, and the Chihuahua state government recently completed a new highway between Chihuahua City and the Ojinaga-Presidio international border crossing.

Rail
Coast-to-coast rail service is available through the Union Pacific Railroad.

Air
Midland International Airport, owned and operated by the City of Midland, offers residents connections to major hubs throughout the world. The city is served by three passenger carriers -- American Eagle, Continental, and Southwest Airlines. Midland International has daily service to hubs in Albuquerque, Austin, Dallas (D/FW International Airport and Love Field), Houston (George Bush Intercontinental and Houston Hobby Airport), Las Vegas, and Phoenix. Midland International has 58 total flights daily, all on jets.

Serving more than 900,000 passengers in 2001, Midland is the 7th highest air traffic city in Texas, ranking behind much larger cities.

For cargo and package shipments, Midland International Airport is served by Southwest Airlines Cargo, Airborne Express, Burlington Air Express, DHL Worldwide Express, Emery Worldwide, Federal Express, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service all serve Midland. Eleven motor freight operators also serve the cargo transportation sector.

Midland International Airport is a Port of Entry and Border Entry airport and houses a U.S. Customs office. Midland’s Foreign Trade Zone is located at the airport.


 

UTILITIES

Electricity
Midland and West Texas offer many advantages in power reliability and resources to new and existing businesses. Texas has some of the lowest electric rates in the nation with an average rate of 7.54 per kwh. On January 1, 2002, deregulation enabled electricity consumers the choice to access the lowest rate available. Texas Independent Energy Partners/Panda Energy International completed a 1,000 megawatt power generation plant in Odessa in July 2001.

Midland is an attainment air quality region.

Multiple Retail Service Providers serve the electricity needs of the Midland area. They include:

OnCor
CapRock Electric
The New Power Company
Reliant Energy Solutions, LLC
First Choice Power, Inc
Entergy Solutions Ltd
Strategic Energy, LLC
Xcel Energy
AES NewEnergy, Inc
Calpine Power America, L.P.
Occidental Power Marketing, L.P.
Sempra Energy Solutions
Dynegy Energy Marketing, L.P.
WTU Retail Energy
CPL Retail Energy
Utility Choice Electric
Coral Power, LLC
GEXA Energy Corporation
AEP Retail Energy
CIRRO Corp.
Texas Commercial Energy

Gas
The largest supply of clean-burning natural gas in the nation is located beneath the region’s surface, assuring that ample supplies are available for both commercial and residential use. Midland’s location at the heart of the Permian Basin’s oil and gas producing region ensures a significant pipeline delivery system. Atmos Energy provides gas service to the area.

Water
Midland has a more-than-ample water supply, and the water needs of industry and residents are met by both underground and surface water sources. The City of Midland controls 700,000 acre feet of underground water resources. The Colorado River Municipal Water District includes the O.H. Ivie Reservoir, Lake Spence and Lake Thomas, which combined contain 65.9 square miles of surface water.

Commercial Utility Rates

Electric Service  
Electric Rates for Commercial Usage (averages only) 1st 25,000 - 6 cents per KWh
2nd level - 3 cents per KWh

Commercial rate also has a demand charge of 7.78 per KWh over 10

Current Generating Capacity: 22,161,000
Is existing capacity surplus or borrowed capacity? Surplus
Source of Energy (Coal, Hydro, Nuclear, Diesel): Natural Gas/Nuclear/Lignite Coal
Fuel Cost Factor .073022 per KWh
Power Cost Factor .000372 per KWh
   
Gas Service  
Name of local gas supplier: Atmos Energy
Most common industrial rate per MCF: .97 Mcf net + current gas cost (Current cost for January 2006 is $11.10)
Most common cost per Therm: .097 per Mcf + current gas cost (current cost for January 2006 is $1.10 per Mcf)
   
Water  
Supplier and Distributor of City Water Colorado River Municipal Water District/City of Midland
Total years and months supply: 50 years supply
Source of City's Water: Lake Spence, Lake Thomas, Lake Ivie, Paul Davis Well Field
Maximum capacity of the system (gal/day) 50 million gallons per day
Age of Treatment Plant: Built in 1970, expanded and updated in 1990, 2003
Treatment capacity: 32 million gallons per day
Average Daily Usage (gal/day) 22.2 million gal/day (2005 usage)
Perk demand to date (as of 9/05) 47 million gal/day (from 6/98)
Water cost per 1,000 gallons $10.75 - first 2,000 gallons,
then $2.75/1,000 gallons after that

Businesses located outside the City, but on City of Midland service are charged 1.5 times the City rate. Service outside city limits must be approved by City Council and recipient must agree to be annexed at City's request.

   
Solid Waste  
Service provided by: City of Midland
Maximum capacity: Year 2182 @ current growth rates
Volume remaining: 25,148,245 tons
Daily volume: 389 tons/day
Total volume (2005) 142,000 tons/year
Total volume (2006, projected @ 2% growth): app. 144,840 tons/year (projected)
   
Sewer  
Service provided by: City of Midland
Treatment capacity: 21.0 million gallons/day
Average daily usage (gal/day) 11.99 million gallons/day (2005)
Peak demand: 14.2 million gallons/day
Sewer cost per 1,000 gallons: $14.50 minimum/first 25,000 gallons;
63 cents/1,000 for the next 475,000 gallons;
48 cents/1,000 gallons for the next 500,000 gallons
A) 5-day 20 C BOD>250 mg/1
B) Suspended solids >250 mg/1; pre-treatment by discharger if necessary; grease, oil & sand interceptors needed if these items are in discharge; plans must be submitted and approved
   
Telephone Service