This research infrastructure provides tools to assess lithology, mineralogy and elemental as well isotopic composition of rock samples. The facilities belong to PGI Central Chemical Laboratory (accredited to PN/EN ISO/IEC 17025 - in the field of analyzed chemical and physical properties and the analyzed objects: water, wastewaters, soils, sediments, environmental and geological samples, plant materials) and PGI Micro-area Analysis Laboratory (isotopic, mineralogical and petrographical investigations, environmental protection studies, microbiology, and archaeology).
The facilities and methods most relevant are:
The PGI-NRI PETRO-LAB facilities have been and being used in PGI-NRI for many applications - research on hydrocarbons, geothermal, CCS, engineering and environmental geology. Speaking of CCS, the important use of these facilities for the national programme and demo project consisted in providing data for models of reservoir and cap rocks, used then in computer simulations and laboratory experiments on rock-CO2-brine simulations (e.g. on the presence of particular carbonate and shaley minerals - the selection of minerals in question basing on known experiences of previous CCS studies, for example, on work of Audigane et al., 2006). The only exception is the SHRIMP facility, established only recently (not used in CCS projects by PGI yet) and enabling comprehensive isotopic analyses (e.g., estimation of absolute age of rock samples in order to trace and evaluate a regional caprock).
PGI-NRI PETRO-LAB: access to the infrastructures, proposed as the most relevant (ion & electron microprobes, microscopes and other instruments, supplementary to these in terms of mineralogical analyses), and experience of staff offered (experiences - see the state of the art). There is an ongoing initiative of EuroGeoSurveys on transnational access to such research infrastructure (in progress, since May 2014).