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IFR joint venture commences drilling of TEC-11 horizontal well at Tecolutla

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International Frontier Resources Corporation has announced that Tonalli Energia, IFR’s joint venture (JV) with Mexican petrochemical leader Grupo IDESA, has spudded the first conventional horizontal well, (“TEC-11”), at its onshore Tecolutla block.

TEC-11 is planned to penetrate the El Abra reef at a vertical depth of approximately 2310 m with a horizontal leg of up to 1000 m.

TEC-11 is the first horizontal well in a potential multi-well plan to develop the northern extension of the Tecolutla field that has been identified on Tonalli’s interpretation of the 3D seismic.

Tonalli will deploy a LWD (Logging While Drilling) rotary steerable directional system to optimise hole quality and wellbore placement and to guide subsequent completion operations.

Information gathered from Tonalli’s recently drilled TEC-10 vertical well, including permeability, porosity, and pressure data, indicate that the reef at Tecolutla is capable of high deliverability.

The Tecolutla field is located within the Tampico-Misantla basin, which has multiple reservoirs with diverse play types as well as access to existing infrastructure, market, service sector providers and an established supply chain. In 2017, IHS Markit identified the Tampico-Misantla Basin as a potential “Super Basin.”

Through its JV with Grupo IDESA, IFR was one of the first foreign companies to participate in Mexico’s historic reform of the oil and gas sector. The Tecolutla block was awarded to Tonalli as part of the first round and third call of Mexico’s oil and natural gas “mature fields” bid round (“Round 1.3”).

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