Hydro-Fracking Firm Shows Off New Control Trailer

The “big rig” on display at the Glendive Energy Expo. Sun Times photos by Darryl L. Flowers
By Darryl L. Flowers
Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 9:22 AM CDT

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.

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Author: montanaoilreport

After my first job at a newspaper -- delivering papers for the Jackson (TN) Sun, ink was in my veins. Since the 1970's I've worked in every area of the Printing and Publishing industry, with most of that time spent in the pressroom. In 2008 I moved to Montana and purchased the Sun Times of Fairfield (fairfieldsuntimes.com). In 2011 I realized that most media outlets were either ignoring, or attacking, the growing oil and gas industry in Montana, so I started the Montana Oil Report as the source of information on this important industry.

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