Paladin's Geochemistry Services

Genesis Geochem Lab

Paladin currently runs all geochemistry operations through its subsidiary Genesis GeoChem Lab (GGC). They currently hold a patent-pending process for field isotope analysis methodologies and interpretation processes.


Since the beginning, Paladin as GGC has dedicated considerable resources into developing the most advanced wellsite geochemistry program available. For many years, we have participated in various geochemical projects in the major basins across the U.S. including, The Gulf of Mexico, Bakken, Marcellus, Utica, Permian, Anadarko, Ardmore, Fort Worth, South Texas, and DJ basins.


Geochemistry provides invaluable information in a timely and cost efficient way. The table below lists many of the rock and reservoir properties that Paladin and Genesis Geochem routinely provide:



Rock Properties  

Reservoir Properties

- Relative Permeability - Reservoir Delineation
- Relative Pressure - Well Compartmentalization (Isotope Signatures)
- Elemental Composition - Horizontal Guidance (Isotope Signatures)
- Mineralogical Composition - GOR Modeling
- Dynamic Gas Releasing - Pressure Gradients (Field Delineation)
- Oil Fluorescence - Multi-Well Correlation Tools
- Kerogen Quality/Source Potential - Kinetics
- Gas Analysis for Fracture Networks - Pore Pressure Analysis



Geochemical Services from Paladin and Genesis GeoChem Lab


Isotope Analysis:

Near-Real-Time (NRT) analysis of δ13C1, δ13C2, δ13C3 for both mud/formation gases & cuttings/headspace gases. This instrument is also integrated with a fully equipped GC enabling concentration measurements of C1-C6+. Paladin provides a unique patented process using isotope geochemistry for Sweet Spot Prediction (SSP). Isotope analysis allows the determination of relative permeability and relative pressure, pore pressure indication, and fingerprinting for geosteering guidance, among other applications.

HRGC Water Cut Indices:

Using High Resolution Gas Chromatography, our novel approach uses isojar headspace gas analysis for the calculation of water cut indices. Based on the solubility ratios between water and certain hydrocarbons, and the detailed analysis of Quaternaries/Aromatics, the process allows us to distinguish coexistent water and reservoir connectivity water. A modified onsite evaluation can also be completed onsite for more rapid analysis and frac plan assistance.

3D Fluorescence:

This is an advanced onsite service from Paladin that allows quantifiable analysis of the cuttings cut and show fluorescence. The cycle time is ~20 seconds. It will provide 2D and 3D visualization that easily allows the user to see the type and quality of the oil show. Data will allow determination of oiliness index, oil concentration, and oil quality. Images will be added to the log, if required and a full data report is provided to the client. This service takes the subjectivity away from old UV-box methods.

Source Rock Analysis:

Paladin Geological Services offers source potential geochemical analysis to determine organic content and source potential of rocks. Extensive experience in unconventional petroleum systems means we are able to provide expert interpretation and understanding of the source rock characteristics. Our geochemists work with operators closely on projects to provide a good understanding of these systems. It is critical to understand the oil & gas generation potential for better resource allocation, future targets and reservoir delineation.

X-Ray Diffraction:

Process of analyzing mineral diffraction patterns for industry standard mineral composition of rock materials. The collection of angle theta peaks in precise locations are able to match to phase patterns of known diffraction patterns. Paladin utilizes a research grade 600W of power XRD machine that enhances accuracy versus the mobile 300W power machines. We employ highest labratory standards and calibrate our machines daily.

X-Ray Fluorescence:

Paladin provides X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) on-site for any job. XRF is a quick and versatile method to analyze the elemental compositions of rock substances. Samples can be analyzed rapidly after sample preparation to provide a variety of lithological information. Geologists can customize which elements they prefer to view on the mud log as a separate track or as its own plot with our exclusive plotting software.

Tight Oil Analysis:

Tight oil formations have different fluid mechanics as well as different petroleum compositions.  Using standard mud logging practices, cruicial key parameters are missed.  Paladin's unique methodology examines whole samples within 10 minutes.  Applying low temperature pyrolysis enables the detection of the S0 peak that can be further resolved into peaks that determine gas, condensate/light oil, and light oil.  The technique allows the wellsite geologist to measure and quantify producible versus non-producible zones during drilling operations.


Quantitative diamondoid evaluation from samples collected at the wellsite can reveal a number of important reservoir characteristics.  Paladin use diamondoids to determine expulsion efficiency using polar and nonpolar components, and with novel diamondoid indices provide lateral profiling to determine good or bad reservoir zones.  Increasing OOIP can also be calculated based on alpha and theta ratios.


Contact Paladin Geological Services to learn more about our onsite and laboratory geochemical technologies and unique methodologies.  The Paladin/Genesis team is always pleased to receive questions and provide answers to clients and partners.


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