GeoChem - Geochemistry Labs at IFE

Facility Location
City & country
Kjeller (Norway)
Instituttveien 18
Description & contacts of the access provider
Legal name of organisation
IFE - Institute for Energy Technology
RICC contact - Secondary contact
Morten Grønli
Facility Availability
Unit of access
Expected duration of single experiment:
3-10 days

The multi collector (MC)-ICP-MS at IFE’s Geochemical Analysis Lab can perform high-precision, high-resolution, and simultaneous measurements of isotope ratios in a wide range of isotope systems. Isotopes systems of interest include both traditional and non-traditional, stable and radiogenic isotopes (Sr, Pb and U, Li, Mg, Ca, Mg, Fe, Cd, Cu, Zn, and Ni), used for geo- and thermo-chronology, tracing fluid flow patterns, fingerprinting sources of materials, quantifying interactions in biogeochemical systems, and monitoring environmental systems.

State of the art, uniqueness, & specific advantages

By coupling the MC-ICP-MS to IFE’s existing LA-HR-ICP-MS, the simultaneous analysis of novel isotopes and trace elements in solid materials can be achieved. The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility for measuring isotopesystems to produce data to interprete: biogeochemical reaction rates and products, tracking fluid migration, evaluating fluid/rock interactions and detect CO2 leakage in cap rock.

Scientific Environment

Use of Sr-isotope analyses to look at fluid communication in a geological timescale within CO2 storage sites and oil/gas reservoirs. The method can reveal if and were barriers/baffles are and the data collected can also be used to calculate the extensions of the barriers and baffles both in vertical and lateral directions. Carbon and Oxygen isotopes can be measured in cemented barriers to reveal the history of the barriers (time and temperature of the cementations)

selected publications

Huq, F., Smalley, P. C., Mørkved, P. T., Johansen, I., Yarushina, V., and Johansen, H. (2017)
The Longyearbyen CO2 Lab: fluid communication in reservoir and cap-rock
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 63 (59-76)
Huq, F., Mueller, K., Mørkved, P. T., Johansen, I. and Johansen, H. (2015)
Subsurface fluid data from Longyearbyen CO2 storage site: Basin history and compartmentalization
Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 17, EGU2015-9896, 2015