Recent developments in hydrogenation procedures allow the liquid hydrocarbon potential and the total liquid hydrocarbon content of source rocks to be determined directly. In essence, mild controlled hydrogenation, without the cleavage of C-C bonds, converts the recognized hydrocarbon precursors in immature source rocks into the parent alkanes. These alkanes, which have a distinctive composition, are easily collected and determined in toto by routine analytical processes. Thus hydrocarbon potentials are immediately revealed. Results of applying this procedure to sediment samples from exploratory wells in the Gippsland and Cooper Basins have generally followed trends seen with coal samples and confirmed the value of the method in determining hydrocarbon potentials. Refs.
|Number of pages||8|
|Issue number||pt 1|
|Publication status||Published - 1984|