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Petroleum industry applications


The characterization of a potential reservoir requires tremendous input from different fields, each with their particular methodology. As shales and mudrocks are becoming increasingly important hosts for petroleum resources, the methods and technology to sufficiently characterize and correlate sequences within these rocks is steadily advancing. Named rocks often inhabit complex mineralogy and elusive bio markers which necessitates the use of other signatures to determine aspects such as provenance, anoxic conditions and lateral correlation. Whole-rock, inorganic geochemical data will provide the petroleum scientist a robust tool in determining key attributes of a reservoir.

Photo: Antelope Canyon, AZ, USA


At Cox, we realize the potential of this geochemical data by providing industry leading XRF core scanning instruments as a new and important contribution to the available upstream technology of the petroleum sector. With an unrivaled Na-U element range and the fastest scanning time in the business, the ITRAX scanner produces precise, reliable and quick results when time is money. Whether the aim is to investigate continuous core data on a millimeter scale or to improve the capacity to correlate strata across basins, ITRAX scanning will be an invaluable tool in defining deposit characteristics and provenance.

  •      Scan drill core and powdered samples at high throughput

  •      Collect and analyze data directly on-site

  •      Scan cores for continuous data at 1mm to 10mm steps

           without compromising speed or performance

  •      Take advantage of the widest element suite offered by any

           XRF instrument, Na-U


With over 20 years of providing the industry with leading XRF technology, we hold a global client base ranging from universities, government agencies and private companies in the natural resource sectors.

Photo: Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France

Product links:​    Itrax XRF Scanner MC   Itrax XRF Scanner SC


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