Geochemistry

We track fluids from source rock to refinery through space and time.

Predict

Risk

Plan

Assess

Reliable evaluation ahead of drilling

Analyse

Sample

Report

Study

Maximum information. Minimum cost

Develop

Calibrate

Recover

Integrate

Understand the reservoir to realise value

Monitor

Manage

Allocate

Optimise

Low cost, low risk surveillance methods without compromise

Protect

Integrity

Environment

Reputation

Cut costs not corners

Energy Lifecycle

Geochemistry Applications across Exploration, Appraisal, Development, Production, Decommissioning and Alternative Energies

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Why choose Us

We have deep expertise in petroleum geochemistry grounded in academic research and applied for over 24 years in operating oil companies, both IOC and NOC. This experience means we understand the needs of clients and can tailor our services to focus on key issues and critical business questions. As part of Merlin Energy Resources Ltd., we are able to adopt a joined-up, multi-disciplinary approach that is typically found only in very large companies, but deliver with the speed and flexibility of a small organisation.

Our Mission

We provide oil & gas explorers and operating companies with high-quality geochemistry technology solutions to support better and faster decision making with reduced cost, HSE exposure and carbon intensity. We maximise value for clients by integrating our interpretations into their geological and engineering context and communicating outcomes and uncertainties in plain language.

What we Do

Our staff have completed projects across the full E&P lifecycle, from frontier exploration to well abandonment and everything between. Our experience of geochemistry and basin modelling support to exploration spans 25 countries and over 40 basins worldwide.

Applications Across the Energy Lifecycle

Exploration

Exploration

Petroleum Systems Analysis

Basin and Play Assessment

Fluid Volume and Quality Prediction

Appraisal

Appraisal

Reservoir Connectivity

Fluid Property Assessment

Development

Development

LTRO Studies

Fluid Property Sweet Spotting

Reservoir Model Calibration

Production

Production

Production Allocation By Reservoir, Well & Field

Time-Lapse Monitoring

Asset Integrity

Flow Assurance

Decommissioning

Decommissioning

Forensic Oil and Gas Typing

Inflow Zone Definition

Abandonment Design Support

Monitoring

Alternative Energies

Alternative Energies

CCS Modelling

CCS Monitoring

Biofuels

Services - Predict - Analyse - Develop - Monitor - Protect

Predict

Charge Risking

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We deploy a full range of cutting-edge geochemistry and basin modelling technologies to assess hydrocarbon charge presence, type and timing of migration at play and prospect scales.

Fluid Property Prediction

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What is the hydrocarbon phase in my prospect? What is the likely gas to oil ratio? Will biodegradation mean high viscosity oil and low recovery? Our pre-drill analysis will allow a realistic assessment of fluid properties ahead of drilling, allowing operators to value opportunities appropriately.

Contaminant Assessment

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Presence of contaminants such as hydrogen sulphide, carbon dioxide or mercury can make or break the economics of an exploration opportunity. We can provide an assessment of contaminant risk prior to drilling.

Analyse

Sampling & Analysis

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Sampling and lab analysis programs are carefully designed to maximise information and minimise cost & turnaround time. We work with the best labs in the world to generate data of the highest quality. We also advise, guide and provide quality assurance to protect the interests of non-operators in joint ventures.

Post-Well Reporting

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Reliable interpretation and clear reporting are critical to realise the value of data. We use our extensive expertise to look deeply into analysis results and translate them into interpretations that are communicated clearly so that they can be used by decision makers and members of all technical disciplines.

Regional Studies

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We use our wide experience and the extended Merlin Geoscience team to make sense of geochemistry and basin modelling results and place them in the appropriate “big picture” context. Such insights can have important implications for understanding and quantifying exploration prospectivity and identifying overlooked potential, even in mature basins.

Develop

Reservoir Model Calibration

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Geochemical fingerprints of reservoir fluids can provide insights into reservoir connectivity at the earliest stages of appraisal to aid field development planning. Fingerprint data can also be used to calibrate static and dynamic reservoir models, refine fluid contacts and flow unit correlation at low cost.

Maximising Recovery

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Hydrocarbon fluid properties in reservoirs can vary significantly as a result of field-filling processes or alteration mechanisms such as biodegradation or phase fractionation. Such fluid variations can have profound effects on hydrocarbon recovery. Our reservoir characterisation methods can identify mechanisms responsible for fluid property variations and provide predictions to target areas with best recovery potential.

LTRO Studies

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Working collaboratively with our colleagues in Merlin Geoscience and Belltree, we can deliver “Locate The Remaining Oil” studies to identify key in-fill drilling targets for our clients, by seamlessly combining high quality sub-surface geoscience with engineering disciplines.

Monitor

4D Production Monitoring

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“Time lapse” geochemistry fingerprinting studies use analysis of produced fluids and can provide key insights into reservoir behaviour for a fraction of the cost of standard tracer technologies and support (or in some cases replace) 4D seismic surveys. We can provide feasibility studies and ongoing monitoring using proven methods for the cost-conscious operator.

Reservoir Allocation

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Natural fluid fingerprints can be used to allocate production to specific zones in commingled wells. Geochemical allocation can be done on oil, gas or water. It requires no well intervention or lost production. Our staff have proven experience in developing solutions to significantly reduce costs of well testing and production logging without compromising field management.

Field Allocation

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Fluid fingerprinting of samples collected in production facilities can be used to provide field or asset-scale data to support well, reservoir and facilities management (WRFM) and hydrocarbon accounting when metering is not possible or is unreliable. Allocating oil volumes in an export pipeline back to 10 individual fields? It can be done – our staff have the experience!

Protect

Well and Asset Integrity

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Geochemical fingerprinting of oil or gas samples in well annuli or at surface can be used to assess their origin. Working with well engineers we can guide remediation strategies and get the workover right first time.

Decommissioning

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Our integrated subsurface approach to characterising the origin of hydrocarbons in wells at the end of life has the potential to significantly reduce abandonment cost without compromising effectiveness. Our staff have practical experience in this area and can advise how Merlin’s unique capabilities can be used to save money.

Forensic Geochemistry

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Geochemical analysis can be used to characterise and identify the origins of hydrocarbon pollution. We have experience in projects to identify the origin of surface seeps, beach tars and water well pollution.

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