By Darryl L. Flowers
At the recent Eastern Montana Energy Expo, vendors seeking business in the growing oil patch were on hand to describe what they had to offer.
It was the first time for the Glendive event, held at Dawson Community College.
But the fun part… at least for an old “gearhead” were the equipment displays set up in an adjacent field.
The most impressive piece of equipment was a mobile command center designed to serve as the control point for hydro-fracking operations.
The trailer is owned by TOPS (Total Oilfield Pumping Solutions) Well Services and operates out of the regional office in Williston, ND.
The trailer, built by Stewart & Stevenson and pulled by a long-nose Kenworth, features computer servers, multiple workstations and by far the most comfortable seats you can find at a wellsite.
A small testing lab is at the front of the trailer, and a slide-out section has extra cushy seats for the customer.
According to Yacob Zergaw, an engineer with TOPS, the firm recently entered the field, getting started in 2012.