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Lonny Thiessen: A Whale of a good idea for the oil patch

Innovators at Work is a contest to recognize talented people who not only have great ideas but also turn them into reality through their drive and their actions.

Wheeling down the highway, The Whale rolls along like a very expensive toy, the kind that would make a four-year-old’s eyes pop – a massive, rectangle-shaped, 230-cubic-metre tanker trailer painted black with bright green trim.

Yet for Alberta businessman Lonny Thiessen, it’s serious, save for the name.

The Whale is designed to double the hauling and heating efficiency of mobile tanks used in the energy sector, mainly for fracking.

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