Laboratory Services

Palynology laboratory preparation

Laboratory Services forms an essential part of CGG's geological service, we have been providing analytical services for both internal and external clients in the Upstream Oil & Gas Sector for over 50 years. Our purpose-built laboratories are equipped with a comprehensive array of state-of-the-art equipment, specializing in preparation and analysis for Geochemistry; Biostratigraphy; Petrography; Chemostratigraphy; and Automated Mineralogy.

ISO 9001-2015, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2015 accreditations demonstrate our ongoing commitment to quality and safety. 

Rapid turnarounds available when required:

Geochemistry and Oil Extraction

Testing for Total Organic Carbon

Detailed TOC, Rock-Eval, GC and GC-MS analyses are undertaken in the Geochemistry Laboratory, while the Extraction Laboratory undertakes oil extraction using a whole range of solvents. Services on offer include: 

  • Total organic carbon (TOC)
  • Rock-Eval 6 pyrolysis
  • Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • C15+ alkane gas chromatography
  • Aromatic gas chromatography
  • Gasoline chromatography
  • Kerogen, SCI and vitrinite preparations
  • Surface geochemistry
  • Offshore sampling
  • Support

Biostratigraphy analysis

Thin slide analysis

The Palynology Laboratory (affectionately the ‘Paly Lab’) is fitted with 8 brand new fume cupboards, each with individual scrubber systems and an automated effluent treatment plant, and is the hub of our Biostratigraphy services, which include:

  • Sample Clean up and extraction
  • Microfossil Processing and Picking
  • Palynology preparation
  • Nannofossil preparation
  • Hotshot service for rapid turnaround
  • Wellsite Laboratory Support

Thin Sectioning - Petrographic Analysis

Preparation for thin section

The Petrographic Thin Section Laboratory uses market-leading, diamond grinding and polishing machines in order to achieve the best possible finish and an accurate preparation. 

  • Thin sections including carbonate and feldspar staining
  • CL polished sections
  • Fluid inclusions
  • Thin sections of construction materials

Automated Mineralogy and Chemostratigraphy

Polishing sections

The fully automated equipment in our purpose-built Automated Mineralogy and Chemostratigraphy Laboratory makes high quality products with rapid turnarounds: 

  • X-ray fluorescence pellets
  • Sample block preparation
  • SEM stub preparations
  • Vitrinite blocks

Wellsite Services

Offshore experience

Our team has a combined experience of over 100 years in providing rigsite geologists with their analytical preparations. Our skills have been employed in onshore and offshore drilling locations throughout the world, including:

  • UKCS, 
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Madagascar
  • West/East/North Africa
  • Black Sea
  • Texas
  • South America
  • Australia 
  • Indonesia
GeoConsulting - Geochemistry


Our Geochemistry services range from routine source rock and maturity analyses through to oil, condensate and gas characterisation and migration modelling.

GeoConsulting - (update) Stratigraphy


Expert stratigraphic services in the lab or at the well site including micropalaeontology, palynology and nannofossils.

GeoConsulting - (update) Mineralogy


Nano-metre scale digital imaging, micron resolution digital petrographic analysis and quantitative mineralogy

GeoConsulting - Robertson


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