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MGIA

MUD GAS ISOTOPE ANALYSIS

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Mud gas isotope analysis (MGIA) is a “fingerprinting” technique used to analyze samples of mud stream gases retrieved from your well collected while drilling. MGIA gives E&P operators a preview of the fluids they can expect to recover before developing an asset. This technique goes beyond traditional mud logging, which is limited to light hydrocarbon concentrations, by adding stable carbon isotope measurements. It has become crucial to pre-sampling well evaluations and reservoir compartment studies to better understand the characteristics of a given reservoir, including vertical communication between zones. GeoMark’s world-leading gas laboratory is on the forefront of MGIA services, with the capability to customize mud gas analysis to meet operators’ most challenging needs.

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How It Works

GeoMark works directly with your onsite mud loggers to collect mud gas samples during drilling, without incurring additional costs or lost rig time. Samples are transported to our fully equipped PVT and Gas Isotope Laboratory, where stable isotope analysis is performed, being careful to avoid any substantial fractionation by mud transport and the degassing process. The lab operates 24 hours per day, enabling quick turnaround of results.Rapid delivery of MGIA data reports allow reservoir engineers to efficiently update and modify their formation tester sampling programs.

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FAQs

MGIA can answer common questions you may have about thermal maturity, biogenic gas, and fluid communication:

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A. Stable carbon isotopes, particularly those of ethane and propane, correlate well with source rock thermal maturity. GeoMark provides calibrated thermal maturity scales in each data report.

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A. We use methane carbon isotopes to detect biogenic gas. While rare in unconventional fluids, biogenic gases are very common in the offshore environment.

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A. Mud gas isotopes are integrated with PVT and engineering data (like pressure gradients) to address this key question.

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MGIA Data Solutions

GeoMark provides a thorough set of interpretive plots in our MGIA reports. The graphs provide insight into thermal maturity, mixing from multiple source rocks, and the presence of biogenic gas. We can also analyze gases evolved from drill cuttings (also known as headspace gases) for their compositions and isotopes. Results are usually contrasted against mud gases and can include formation permeability measures.

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Additional Lab Services

The extensive GeoMark lab setup and expertise allows us to offer these additional gas analysis services:

Contact GeoMark to find out how we can help with your gas analysis needs.
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