Gas and inorganic geochemistry facility used for site characterisation, monitoring and verification.
The geochemistry laboratory features a host of brand new, state-of-the-art equipment dedicated to addressing fundamental science questions related to CCS.
It will enable researchers to conduct research on site characterisation and monitoring, in particular establishing baseline data sets for ongoing evaluation. Equipment in this facility can be used for preparing samples, identifying and quantifying elements and compounds, analysing tracers, measuring stable isotopes and calibrating mobile field equipment.
The facility is an all-inclusive and specialised collection of geochemistry equipment co-located at the Australian Resources Research Centre building that makes processing samples more efficient and comprehensive for our clients.
Items in the geochemistry laboratory include both organic, inorganic and isotopic analytical equipment, instruments that can analyse liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons, water, rock and soil samples. Some of this equipment could be deployed on site for monitoring purposes. See below a list of the equipment and capabilities.
Australian Resources Research Centre, Kensington, Perth
The geochemical equipment is predominantly used during the site selection and characterisation stages of the research process but also for monitoring and verification as it is used to obtain baseline data as well as ongoing observations.
At a potential CO2 storage site new samples are taken to assess their hydrocarbon potential to determine potential resources in the region and provide baseline data. Ground water and deep formation fluids can be characterised for dissolved mineral species and rock samples can be treated to evaluate their potential reactivity on contact with CO2.
Some of the analytical methods can be used to characterise and evaluate core-flood effluents to be compared with observations in the field for modelling potential reservoir scenarios.
The equipment can also be used to calibrate sensors that are designed to measure CO2, or substances mobilised by CO2, by way of field measurements. Tracer concentrations can be measured by the geochemical equipment as part of the partitioning data acquisition at varying depths, temperature and formation water compositions. It can also be used for breakthrough and recovery tests using the slim-tube experimental set-ups.
Thermo Fischer Scientific MAT253 Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer with dual inlet connected to Gasbench II and Flash HT 2000 EA
GasBench (head-space sampling: water, carbonates)
Flash HT 2000 (carbon reduction/pyrolysis)
Thermo Fischer Scientific MAT253 Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer connected to TRACE GC ultra and GC-Isolink
3 Picarro G2201-I Cavity Ringdown Spectrometers
Agilent 7700 ICP-MS and Agilent 720 Radial ICP-OES
Agilent 7700 ICP-MS connected to Photon Machines Analyte-Excite 193nm laser
Elementar Rapid C/S Cube
Elementar VARO TOC cube
Thermo Fischer Scientific Flash HT 2000
Thermo/ Dionex ICS-4000 Ion Chromatograph
Anions in mg/L
Pfeifer Omnistar MS
2 Thermo Scientific/Global Analyser Solution Refinery Gas Analysers:
Thermo Scientific Trace 1310 –ISQ GC-MS
Agilent 5975C GC-MS system
Thermo Scientifc Trace 1310 GC systems