No headaches, more efficiencies.

Nitschke Energy is a zero-compromise, integrated provider of well servicing and workover services. We endeavour, at all times, to do no harm, to the environment, or to the communities we work in. Quality and productivity are our guarantee and the welfare of your people, and ours, is paramount to us.

Established in 2013, Nitschke Energy saw the Nitschke name re-enter the Australian Drilling Industry after a short hiatus. John Nitschke Drilling (JND), grew to be one of the largest private drilling companies in Australia, before it was sold in 2012.

Leaning on JND’s 50 years of experience, Nitschke Energy, led by Jonathan Nitschke has inherited the same innovative philosophy, always pushing the envelope, continually looking for ways to move the pin closer to perfect, fast becoming recognised as Australia’s well workover and maintenance specialist.

Nitschke Energy has maintained close ties with the Australian Drilling Industry Association and has strong working relationships with tier-one clients including Santos and Origin Energy.

Our Purpose


At Nitschke Energy we want our customers to sleep well at night knowing that we are doing everything to ensure their wells are safe, operational and productive.

Our Values

The Nitschke Energy values underpin our culture. They capture the essence of who we are and what we stand for

  • We Work Safely
    Safety is our priority at all times; We think and act safe and will hold each other to account.

  • We Work as a Team
    We encourage and support each other; We work together and give our best.

  • We Do What’s Right
    We are open, straight forward and honest; We treat everyone fairly and with respect.

  • We Create Better Ways
    We have the courage to lead change; We innovate for the benefit of employees, clients and the community.

  • We Deliver
    We listen and respond to our client’s needs; We deliver on what we say we will.

Meet our leaders.


Managing Director

Since 1989, Jonathan Nitschke progressed up the ranks from Driller to Supervisor, then General Manager and CEO, where he continued his family’s name, growing it to one of Australia’s leading drilling service providers.

Jonathan’s a well-respected and skilled leader with strong, technical expertise in mineral, oil & gas, unconventional gas and hydro drilling. His ‘we’ll take care of you’ attitude and clear integrity is both refreshing and necessary in this demanding field.

He’s served as a Director of the Australian Drilling Industry Association since 2008, including a three-year role as President.

Chief Financial Officer

Vanessa Trengove has over 25 years experience as a Chartered Accountant. She has held senior roles at KPMG, Ernst & Young, Newmont Mining and Elders Limited. She is well respected in the Accounting Profession and brings extensive experience in all areas of finance, tax, payroll and procurement. She is also highly skilled in leading people, risk management, governance, change management and process improvement. Vanessa thoroughly enjoys empowering others to be the best they can be and building team capabilities to be best practice to deliver optimal value to the business. She is exceptional at building strong relationships with all stakeholders across the business and driving commercial and strategic outcomes.

People & Safety Manager

With a diverse background and skillset, Travis has over 20 years Drilling, HSEQ, HR and Training experience within the Drilling and Well Servicing Industry working for Tier 1 Australian Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Having worked on rigs and progressed through the ranks, Travis has a unique perspective and understanding of the risks and challenges faced by our employees and the company. Motivated by seeing people succeed and grow in this expansive industry, Travis always has his team’s back. We’re glad it’s ours.

Operations Manager

With over 18 years in the oil and gas industry, Glen John’s has worked extensively across Australia, collaborating with Multiple top Teir clients. In 2022, Glen transitioned to Nitschke Energy as Operations Manager. For 11 years prior, Glen proudly served Australia’s largest oil and gas well servicing company, building a strong foundation of industry knowledge, and contributing significantly to their operations. Glen’s journey from a lease hand to an Operations Manager has given him invaluable insights into the oil and gas sector.

Glen possesses excellent knowledge of the CSG industry Regulatory requirements / Legislation within Queensland’s oil and gas sector and he has exceptional knowledge of effective rig operations, rig apparatus/machinery, preventative and emergency maintenance procedures to avoid unnecessary downtime while maintaining a critical level of energy production. Glen is driven by a commitment to excellence, a passion for innovation, and a dedication to Nitschke Energy’s growth and sustainability.

Asset Manager

Steve Wintringham brings over 27 years of comprehensive experience in the oil and gas industry to his current role. His career has taken him across the globe, where he has served with distinction as both a Chief Rig Mechanic and a Mechanical Rig Inspector and most recently as a Drops Inspector for the last decade. His work spans both onshore and offshore operations, showcasing his versatility and depth of knowledge in the field. Before embarking on his journey in the oil and gas sector, Steve honed his skills as a Heavy Diesel Fitter within the open cut and underground mining industries. Further diversifying his impressive career portfolio, Steve has also contributed his talents to the aviation industry, working with both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Steve’s multifaceted expertise underscores his commitment to excellence and safety in every aspect of his professional endeavours.

Pioneers in energy and resources since 1962.


Jonathan Nitschke earned his stripes in his father’s operation John Nitschke Drilling (JND), which at its sale in 2012, was one of Australia’s largest private drilling and energy service providers, with a team of 200 employees.

Jonathan evolved from leasehand to CEO, growing the company to a fleet of 16 rigs, and securing major contracts with BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, BMA, AGL, QGC and Arrow Energy.

In 2013, Jonathan established Nitschke Energy, adopting the nimble, innovative philosophy his father’s company was renowned for. He ordered and helped design the first two innovative XDR 75,000 lb rapid service rigs, which no other company had at the time.

He introduced the new SAFE-T-Catwalk pipe handling system to enable automated and hands-free operating of tubular and sucker rods. The rig and equipment packages were customised to increase productivity and deployment speed, minimising the number of equipment loads.

By 2016, Nitschke Energy had secured their first contract with ICON Energy in Queensland. A subsequent long-term contract with SANTOS to supply rod rig and work over services followed in South Australia’s Cooper Basin.


Nitschke Energy has gone on to win long term multi rig contracts with Origin Energy in the Surat Basin and the business continues to grow.The future beyond 2020 looks as prosperous as it did, back in the sixties when the journey started.

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