US-based Worthington Energy has commenced production from well I-1, located in Mustang Island 818 Lease position in the shallow waters of Kleberg County, Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The firm is producing at an extrapolated flow rate of 250-350 MCF gas and 202 BOPD respectively."

The company owns a 10.35% interest in the I-1 well and a two percent override interest in the 1,400 acres of the Mustang Island 818 Lease.

Tony Mason, Worthington Energy president and CEO, said that the initial flow rates from the I-1 well are "good".

"As anticipated, the I-1 well has begun what I would describe as the clean up phase. In this phase, the various Loss Circulation Materials (LCM) and drilling mud that were utilised during the drilling of the I-1 well are beginning to be forced out of the well bore by pressure from the oil and gas flow being produced," said Mason.

"Shut In Tubing Pressure and Flowing Tubing Pressure (FTP) are both in the anticipated ranges of 4,150 psi and 3,150 psi respectively."

Worthington is currently opening the well up for day-time production only, under supervision from its contract operators, The Wood Group.

During these daytime production sessions, the firm is producing at an extrapolated flow rate of 250-350 MCF gas and 202 BOPD respectively.

"Overall, I am very satisfied with the way that the well is performing. It has conformed to the pattern that we had anticipated," continued Mason.

The company expects to complete a 24 hour operation cycle by the end of the week.