Mercury Analysis

A comprehensive sampling and testing program for measuring mercury can be tailored to your requirements.

Analytical Capability
IPL's mercury capability allow for direct analysis of trace level mercury (parts per trillion). We measure ‘total mercury’ including any insoluble mercury associated with particulate contaminants. 

Sample types analysed:
• Liquids
 LPG and 
• Gases. 

IPL has developed and validated methodology that precisely and accurately measures mercury in light hydrocarbons and condensates to a limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.2 ppb w/w (ug/kg).  

Mercury from Veronique Theberge on Vimeo.

Applications for Analysis
Our methods have been developed specifically for petrochemical industry applications, but we have the capability to develop methods the food and beverage, chemical, clinical, environmental, geochemistry, pharmaceutical and plastics industries using our existing technology.

Mercury testing is carried out:

-          For screening

-          For quality control

-          For Troubleshooting

-          For Mercury speciation

-          To identify unknowns

-          To help establish product value

-          For Health & Safety implications

-   As preventative maintenance in refineries (catalyst poisoning) and in production plants

As part of our offer we can supply mercury sampling kits that include sampling instructions, Sulfinert coated pressure vessels to sample gas and LPG.  If required, a Dangerous Goods transport forms is available. To achieve reproducible results a representative sample size of up to 500ml is required.

Fast Turn-Around
The technique employed for this direct analysis is based on thermal decomposition which requires neither sample preparation nor waste disposal. Hence, fast turn-around times on results. Analysing samples within New Zealand also significantly decreases time associated with sample shipment to international laboratories. Many sample types can be analysed within 48hrs of receipt (faster turn-around time available on request). 

Other Testing for Hydrocarbons:

Trace Mercury Analysis

Crude Assay Analysis

Metals and Heavy Metals Analysis

Gas Composition Testing

DHA – Detailed Hydrocarbon Analysis


IPL has a wide range of analysis available. If there is a specific area of testing you require that is not listed, please contact us.

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