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HIGH-RESOLUTION GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY / MASS SPECTROSCOPY IN THE C12-C44 CARBON RANGE

PAH/PNA Analysis:
  Highly sensitive quantitative determination of 23 different Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons by selective-ion monitoring HR-GC/MS analysis. Analysis includes the full list of 16 priority compounds typically listed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Hydrocarbon ratios are used for depositional environment and maturity estimation of petroleum deposits.

Analysis of n-alkane Distribution:  Highly sensitive Hydrocarbon scan in the C12-C44 range by HR-GC/MS.  Hydrocarbon ratios are used for depositional environment and maturity estimation of petroleum deposits.

Biomarker and Thiophene Analysis: Quantitative determination of biomarkers and thiophenes through examination of the distribution of saturated and/or aromatic hydrocarbons.  Biomarkers are molecular fossils that are produced by living organisms and still contain the original carbon skeleton. Biomarkers include including monoaromatic and triaromatic steranes, tricyclic hopanes, triterpanes, sesquiterpanes and carbazoles. Biomarker and thiophene ratios are performed to determine depositional maturity, migration, environment and oil deposit to source rock correlations for the petroleum sample through the high sensitivity of our Biomarker analysis.

Diamondoid Analysis: Qualitative or Quantitative determination of diamondoids through examination of the distribution of saturated hydrocarbons.  Diamondoids are highly resistive to biodegradation, the stability of these compounds allows for their use as a fingerprinting tool for petroleum products.

The fingerprints from the Gas Chromatograph / Mass Spectrometer analysis are developed for the following hydrocarbon classes in the C12-C44 Carbon Number range with sensitivity enhancements in the high molecular weight range:
   • ALIPHATIC HYDROCARBONS
   • PRISTANE
   • PHYTANE
   • ALKENES
   • METHYL & ETHYL ADAMANTANE
   • METHYL  DIAMANTANES
   • TETRAMANTANES
   • PENTAMANTANES
   • HEXAMANTANES
   • HEPTAMANTANES
   • OCTAMANTANES
   • NONAMANTANES
   • DECAMANTANES
   • UNDECAMANTANES

Combined Diamondoid/Biomarker Packages:
Biomarker and Qualitative Diamondoid Analysis
Biomarker and Quantitative Diamondoid Analysis

Soil Gas Hydrocarbon (SGH) Petroleum Exploration Geochemistry: 
A semi-qualitative analysis of each sample for 162 specific “non-gaseous” hydrocarbons in the C5-C17 range.  This highly developed deep penetrating geochemistry is a nano-technology that has been refined and used for over 15 years.  This technique utilizes natural materials of soil, sediment, till, lake-bottom or ocean-bottom sediments as well as other sample matrices.  The combined results from a geochemical survey or grid, using a recommended minimum of 50 sample locations, provides a spatial pattern and signature that is able to vector to and identify blind petroleum deposits such as for wet gas, oil plays and coal deposits.  With the exception of gas plays, the spatial patterns produce are tied to redox conditions in the overburden and the hydrocarbon chemical signature identifies the petroleum based play if present.  Included in the price for analysis is a data interpretation and generation of a formal geochemical report in excess of 30 pages in length.  Several Petroleum based case studies are available for review.  Please contact us to discuss whether your exploration survey is compatible with this exploration technique.  This SGH geochemistry has also recently been successful at discovering unconventional plays.


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