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HomeEnvironmentSoilLaboratory AnalysisSpecialty AnalysesHydrocarbon Fingerprinting
Hydrocarbons are organic compounds which are mainly found as naturally occuring energy sources (petroleum and natural gas) and in biomass, such as plant material. Hydrocarbons found as the result of environmental contamination, oil spills, pipeline leaks and polluted industrial sites can be analyzed using hydrocarbon fingerprinting. This test determines the source, age and type of oil or petrol contamination.
Using the latest analytical equipment, we use this geochemistry technique to measure the release of petroleum. Our reports can help you to:
The technique involves using high-resolution capillary gas chromatography with a flame ionization detector. This method provides detailed information that is not available from other methods, including aging, weathering, alkane distribution, biomarkers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) distribution and unknown chemical contaminants.
Our analyses can be used to clarify the responsibility for the contamination or to determine the most appropriate remediation techniques.
Start your site analysis today and call our environmental forensic team.
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