Rock Geochemistry

Develop a holistic understanding of your whole rock and fluids system using industry-leading workflows for organic and inorganic chemistry techniques led by our expert team.

Ask an expert today to learn more about how Geochemistry can help you: 

  • Gain an assessment of thermal maturity
  • Improve your measurement of free hydrocarbons
  • Perform simulated solvent extraction

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Rock Geochemistry

One of the keys to evaluating any petroleum system (shale resource play or conventional reservoir system) is understanding the amount and characteristics of the organic matter contained in the source or reservoir rock. Fundamental analyses used to determine this information include Source Rock Analysis, Reservoir Screening, TOC measurements, and Vitrinite Reflectance (VRo).

Source Rock Screening

Source Rock Pyrolysis and TOC are used to determine both the rock’s potential to generate hydrocarbons and the maturity of the organic material.

Advanced Pyrolysis Methods for any application

Temperature programs can be customized for the identification and assessment of oil stains, heavy oils, tar mats, or Liquid Rick Shale plays. Separating the traditional S1 peak into components from L1 to L4 provides a more accurate measurement of existing hydrocarbon.

Sulfur Speciation

Analyze, separate and quantify sulfur composition and species to improve the identification of Type IIS organic matter to evaluate organic facies shifts, H2S prone intervals, or maturity anomalies resulting from varying organic sulfur quantities.

Virtual Solvent Extraction

Analytical software to simulate solvent extractions (CleanSim) in newly acquired and legacy data provides an option to accurately estimate S2 and Tmax values in suspect data and in samples contaminated by drilling mud.

Vitrinite Reflectance (VRo)

Direct assessment of vitrinite reflectance or converted assessment from other organic fossil reflectance to determine thermal maturity on whole rock or kerogen concentrate material.

Visual Kerogen Analysis (VKA)

VKA visually estimates the percentage distribution of organic matter types relative to all rock constituents, including mineral matter.