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Long heritage in energy and resources

Nitschke Group is an Australian company that has evolved from a pioneer drilling family whose professional history dates back over 50 years.
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HISTORICAL TIMELINE

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1962

John Nitschke & Viv Dalton form Dalnit Ltd, specialising in waterbore drilling throughout South Australia. Read more

1970

John and Peter Nitschke form Nitschke Drillers Pty Ltd and expand into mineral exploration. The company specialises in water wells, rotary percussion and core diamond drilling. Read more

1980s

John Nitschke becomes a pioneer and industry leader in high pressure hammer drilling. JND continues to grow and develop under the technical expertise and leadership of John Nitschke. Read more

1989

Jonathan Nitschke joins the company and starts his apprenticeship within the family business working as a drillers assistant with his father. Read more

1998

JND design and build a second rig which includes the design and manufacture a new rod handling system to help eliminate the manual handling of drill pipe. Read more

1999

JND wins the South Australian Resources Industry Award for OHS Innovation in recognition of JND's new drill rod handling system. Learn more. Read more

2000

After working his way through the ranks from drillers assistant to driller and then supervisor Jonathan Nitschke assumes the role of General Manager. Rig fleet 3 rigs. Read more

2005

After continued business growth and success JND awarded major contract with BHP Billiton at Olympic Dam. Jonathan Nitschke assumes role as CEO. Rig fleet 6 rigs. Read more

2007

Jonathan sees opportunity to expand into the oil and gas industry and forms JND Energy, providing coal seam gas (CSG) exploration services. Major contracts awarded with AGL and Arrow Energy. Rig fleet 13 rigs. Read more

2008

BHP Billiton present JND an award in recognition of "remarkable advance and performance in the area of drilling, safety, technology and productively on the olympic dam expansion project". Learn more. Read more

2009

JND becomes contract partner with BHP Billiton Iron ore supplying drilling services in the Pilbara region of WA. Read more

2010

JND becomes contract partner with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) supplying drilling services throughout Northern QLD. Awarded long term work with Rio Tinto Iron ore in WA. Read more

2012

Nitschke family wins Telstra National Regional Business of the Year award in recognition of outstanding performance in business planning, customer relations, financial management, HR, sales, marketing, product development, safety and innovation. Learn more. Read more

2012

JND now recognised as an industry leading service provider with long term contracts to Tier 1 Mining and Oil and Gas companies. Nitschke family sells business to multinational company on December 31st. John & Lyn Nitschke retire. JND fleet consisted of 16 rigs. Read more

2013

Jonathan Nitschke forms the Nitschke Group and subsidiary companies Nitschke Energy Services and Nitschke Drilling. Read more

2014

Order new 75,000 lbs rapid well servicing rigs and equipment. Engage BHA Equipment to design and manufacture a new and innovative Safe-T-Catwalk pipe handling system to enable automated and hands free handling of tubulars & sucker rods. Read more

2015

Customise and trailer mount equipment package to increase productivity and deployment speed while minimising the number of loads. Read more

2016

Nitschke Energy awarded first well servicing contract with ICON Energy in QLD. Successful onsite commissioning and acceptance of new rig package. Additional contract award with Westside Ltd for well servicing and V2HA tight radius drilling operations. Read more

2017

Awarded new long term contract with Santos to supply Rod Rig & Workover services in the Cooper Basin. Continue to build capacity and expertise. Read more
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