Energy supply is fundamental to the national energy policy, and the development of new natural resources is a key part of ensuring the future provision of energy.
To further this aim, BGS is developing a range of products interpreting existing data assets to assist and inform those involved in researching and identifying new energy sources.
Products currently under development due out in 2014–15 include:
VR is an indicator of the maximum temperature history of sediment, and is measured by the percent of incident light reflected from a polished surface of vitrinite.
Originally used to diagnose thermal maturity or rank in coals, VR is now used to indicate whether a source rock was heated enough to produce oil, oil and gas, or gas only.
TOC is a measure of the weight percent of organic carbon within hydrocarbon source rocks. Measuring TOC is a starting point in considering whether a shale contains enough organic carbon to produce gas: typically, above two per cent is required to produce useful quantities of gas.
Contact Kathrine Linley for more information.