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Oil production commences at Tecolutla

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International Frontier Resources Corporation (IFR) joint venture Tonalli Energia (Tonalli), in partnership with Mexican petrochemical leader Grupo IDESA, has announced production test results of its workover of the previously drilled TEC-2 well.


  • On May 8th, Tonalli commenced a production test of the TEC-2 well producing from existing perforations.
  • The well was tested for a total of seven days and recovered an average of 125 bopd. Last recorded production rate in January 2016 from TEC-2 was 9 bopd and 9000 ft3/d of natural gas.
  • Over the final day of the test, the TEC-2 well averaged an estimated 105 bopd and 288 million ft3 of gas producing 514 bbls/d of fluid.
  • Throughout the test, TEC-2 flowed naturally on a restricted 20/64 inch well head choke with a final wellhead flowing pressure of 660 psig.  The ratios of crude oil, water, and natural gas remained consistent throughout the multi-day test.

“Rates from the TEC-2 well exceeded our expectations based on the age of the well and historical production records provided by the previous operator,” stated Steve Hanson, President and CEO of International Frontier Resources and Director of Tonalli Energia. “The results of the test have indicated that the El Abra reservoir in the Tecolutla Field is capable of delivering high volumes of fluid.”

TEC-2 is an existing well that produced for sixty years from 1956 until January 2016 without the use of artificial lift and was shut-in by the previous operator.  TEC-2 is located approximately 800 m north of the recently drilled TEC-10 well.  

Tonalli also announced that completion operations on the newly drilled TEC-10 well have commenced.  Production testing of the TEC-10 well will be performed over the next few weeks as part of completion operations.  Results of this test will be announced when further information becomes available.

Through its joint venture, 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 on May 12, 2016 as part of the first round and third call of Mexico's oil and natural gas "mature fields" bid round ("Round 1.3"), the first in almost 80 years.

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