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Mitchell traces its history to the early days of Australia’s natural resources boom in the 1970s. Since our first project in North Queensland, we have grown to encompass operations around the world, including in Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific.

Drill Torque traces its history back to 1992, working for junior explorers and mining companies. Whilst predominantly focused on Queensland’s northern minerals province, the company has completed projects all over Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Mitchell Services Limited evolved from the merger of these two different businesses and pioneering drilling families, which have specialised in various segments of the drilling market.

Timeline 

1969

Peter & Deidre Mitchell incorporate Mitchell Drilling and commence operations with one drill rig.


1971

Mitchell Drilling expands into mineral exploration, drilling for Thiess Peabody Mitsui at Poitrel Station, west of Nebo, North Queensland.


1989

Nathan Mitchell joins Mitchell Drilling, building capability and experience in every department across the business.


1992

Peter and Sonya Miller incorporate Drill Torque and start operations with one drill rig.


1995

Drill Torque undertakes design, build and begin operations with a specialist horizontal in pit dewatering rig - still a leader today.


1996

Mitchell commences exploration drilling in Indonesia.


1998

Drill Torque begins its first underground drilling project with Placer Dome at the Osborne mine site in Queensland.


2000

Drill Torque launches operations in Papua New Guinea with a large dewatering program for a major mining house.

Nathan Mitchell takes the reins of Mitchell Drilling, launching a period of unprecedented growth in line with the emerging coal seam gas (CSG) industry in Australia.


2001

Mitchell achieves the industry’s first surface-to-inseam (SIS) intersecting coal seam gas well.

Drill Torque undertakes design, build and begin operations with a compact RC rig with 1000 PSI on deck - a specialist rig for greenfield RC exploration.


2003

Mitchell commences operations in India, facilitating the creation of India’s CSG industry.


2005

Mitchell delivers the first commercial CSG production well in India’s history.

US operations begin, with Mitchell demonstrating its innovative horizontal drilling with coil tubing method.

China operations commence. Mitchell becomes a key contributor to the PRC State Special Safety Projects program (coal mine methane drainage).


2006

Mitchell completes the first surface to inseam (SIS) intersecting coal seam gas well in China.


2007

Drill Torque continues to grow and develop capability across all areas of exploration drilling.


2008

Mitchell Drilling Australia sold to AJ Lucas. International business remains under Mitchell ownership.

Mitchell’s Zambia operations commence with a large copper exploration program.

Mitchell begins operations in Botswana, working on a key national energy project.


2009

Mitchell Group Pty Ltd starts operations, headed by Nathan Mitchell, owner and CEO.


2010

Mitchell commences operations in Mozambique, drilling for coal and base metals.


2011

Drill Torque acquires Well Drilled Pty Ltd.

Drill Torque lists on the Australian Securities Exchange under the stock ticker of DTQ.


2012

Mitchell’s Russian operations start with the completion of a FEED study for the implementation of a coal mine methane drainage program.


2013

Mitchell Drilling India sold. All other international businesses remain under Mitchell ownership.

Mitchell completes first CSG exploration well in Mozambique.

Mitchell finishes first SIS intersecting CSG well in Botswana.

December 2013

Drill Torque acquires Mitchell Services Pty Ltd to form Mitchell Services Limited. On 19 December 2013, the Company's ASX code changes from DTQ to MSV.


2014

Mitchell completes the acquisition of the Tom Browne Drilling Services drilling fleet and support equipment from receivers.


2015

Mitchell completes the acquisition of the Nitro Drilling from receivers, increasing its rig fleet to over 75 drill rigs.

 

 

 

 



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