‘Competing against larger, multi-national drilling companies can be a challenge. Partnering with our clients and providing a safe and professional service has allowed us to grow and win long term contracts with major mining companies.’ Jonathan Nitschke, Chief Executive Officer
When his job installing powerlines for the South Australian Government ended, John Nitschke noticed there was high demand for drilling water wells in the Adelaide Hills. In 1962, he borrowed $35,000 and bought a truck mounted drilling rig. The company now has a modern fleet of 17 rigs used for coal exploration, coal seam gas, iron ore, mine service holes and water well drilling across Australia. It has bases in Hahndorf, SA, Newman, WA, and Moranbah, Queensland. During the past 12 months, John Nitschke Drilling has experienced a phenomenal growth spurt, increasing its workforce by 55 per cent to 180, while competing against multinational drilling companies. Operator safety is a primary focus and each year more than $2 million is dedicated towards research and development into safer and more efficient equipment and techniques. John’s son Jonathan joined the company in 1988 as a driller’s assistant before becoming CEO in 2005.