History of Dando Drilling International
The roots of Dando Drilling go back to 1867 when the company founders, Mr. Duke and Mr. Ockenden, sank the first tubewell to ensure a clean water supply in Littlehampton, England following a cholera outbreak. In the ensuing years, Dando supplied tubewells for a number of military campaigns and developed and spread their operations globally, supplying drilling services, equipment, waterwells and windmills.
It was during this time that Dando became one of the foremost drilling contractors and drilling rig manufacturers in the world. In 1980 the decision was made to cease the contracting operations in favour of manufacturing, with efforts concentrated on the creation of a range of drilling rigs and equipment that became second to none. Dando is active on every continent, with many rig’s working lives stretching into four decades. Applications for Dando equipment include mineral exploration, waterwell drilling, geotechnical investigation and seismic exploration.
The company’s long history has given Dando the opportunity to accumulate a large body of knowledge and expertise in all areas of the drilling industry. This experience enables Dando engineers to advise customers on selection of equipment and on all aspects of drilling operations. In addition to the supply of cable percussion and modern rotary hydraulic drilling rigs, Dando also offer a comprehensive range of ancillary equipment and services such as commissioning, training and project implementation.
DANDO sank the first Tubewell to ensure a clean water supply in Littlehampton, England, following an outbreak of Cholera.
DANDO supplied Tubewells for Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
1869 to 1914
DANDO operated worldwide, supplying drilling services, equipment, waterwells, windmills and pumps.
1914 to 1980
DANDO became one of the foremost drilling contractors and drilling rig manufacturers in the world. Emphasis gradually moved towards equipment design and manufacture.
1980 to Present Day
Contracting operations ceased in favour of manufacturing. From this time onwards, DANDO concentrated its efforts on the creation of a range of drilling rigs and equipment that became second to none.
The DANDO philosophy of Reliability and Ruggedness, combined with our commitment to continuing development and flexibility of design, ensures that the products supplied are the best and most suitable for the application.
In January 2011 Dando Drilling became part of the Canadian group Energold Drilling Corp, one of the largest drilling services companies in the mineral exploration sector.