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8 - Oil Shale

These analytical methods are used in exploration programs to determine the anticipated shale oil yield and to better delineate core characteristics . Each method listed is sold separately.

 

Sample Preparation

  • Wash, grind, homogenize 40 mesh
  • Grinding for Fischer Assay


Rock-Eval 2 Pyrolysis  

  • S1 – hydrocarbons evolved at 300°C (mg/g)  
  • S2 – hydrocarbons evolved between 300 and 600°C (mg/g) heating at 25°C/min
  • S3 – organic carbon dioxide evolved at 300°C and up to 390°C (mg/g)  
  • Production Index, Hydrogen Index, and Oxygen Index and TMAX (MUST ANALYZE TOC TO OBTAIN HI AND OI)
  • Total Organic Carbon (LECO)

 

Rock-Eval 6 Pyrolysis   

  • Programmed pyrolysis + TOC + CO 2


Fischer Assay- ASTM D3904

  • Free water - moisture (wt%) by oven drying
  • Retort water (wt% and L/tonne)  
  • Oil yield (wt% and L/tonne)  
  • Gas yield (wt% and L/tonne)
  • Spent shale (wt%)   
  • Gas average molecular weight  
  • Oil relative density  

 

GC Scan

  • GC scan of shale gas to include as a minimum: H2, N2, CO, CO2, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5+

Elemental Analysis  

  • Total carbon, sulphur
  • Total organic carbon
  • Total oxygen
  • Pyritic sulfur
  • Sulfate sulfur
  • Mercury
  • Fluoride
  • Mineral Identification


Ultimate Analysis   

  • Quantitative elemental determination
  • Includes:Carbon
    Carbon + Hydrogen
    Nitrogen
    Total Sulphur

Proximate Analysis 
Ash, moisture and volatile matter (used to determine the distribution of products obtained when the coal sample is heated under specified conditions).


Free Swelling Index 
A measurement of the swelling properties of coal when heated without physical constraints.


Calorific Value

Quantity of head produced by combustion.


Ash Fusion Temperature   

  • Includes:Reducing
    Oxidizing
    Combined


Whole Rock Analysis  

A whole rock analysis is performed to provide chemical analysis of inorganic components of the rock.

 

Trace Metal Analysis

Near total digestion is performed and a full trace metal scan by ICP shall be conducted to include at least the following elements: Cu, Pb, Zn, Fe, W, Mo, Sn, In, Bi, Cd, Sb, F, Nb, Ta, Th, Cs, Y, As, Ag, U, and V.

 


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