Air Drilling Associates was established in 2002 by Chaman Malhotra and Don Wells, respectively the former CEO and Operations Manager of Air Drilling Services (ADS). Before ADS was sold to Dailey Drilling Services in 1999, it was the largest air drilling company in the world with operations on every continent. With more than 30 years of air drilling experience, Don Wells, who is now the President of Air Drilling Associates, has set up most of ADS’ international projects in countries such as Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Spain, Syria, Thailand, and the list goes on.
Air Drilling Associates now has operations in the USA, Canada, Iceland, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The overseas (non-US/Canada) operations are run through its wholly-owned subsidiary in Singapore, Air Drilling Associates Pte Ltd, and managed by Diederik Zwager. Diederik has extensive experience managing and setting up geothermal air drilling as well as underbalanced drilling projects across the Asia-Pacific region. Diederik resides in both Singapore and Jakarta, where Air Drilling Associates has its International Operations Support Center.