• to make it different

    a geoscience think-tank for every research, exploration, development project

  • About

    Tharsis energy is an independent, entrepreneurial start-up company that undertakes intensive study and research into geoscience specified problems. For over the past 5 years Tharsis has been participating in collaborative research programs with laboratories and national agencies to provide our clients with innovative, best-fit technical solutions, and opportunities associated with exploring resources.

  • Value Proposition

    Our specific expertise covers geomaterials and fluids of terrestrial and extraterrestrial sedimentary basins. Typical services include solutions to analytical issues, and the evaluation of data sets, design of R&D projects, location of unexpected, extra-resources, e.g. biogenic gas, source-rock oil, natural noble gas, mineral and hot waters.

    Data Base Assessment


    Challenge the quality of your geochemical, petrophysical, sedimentological, and well-log data; sift them by the level of relevance as to what you are looking for; restrict your acquisition to the key-data you really need; investigate every anomaly you may deal with; re-inspect your core material to unlock unexpected and relevant information about your reservoirs.


    R&D Optimization


    Make your RTD audited for the science and technical aspects; get assistance in designing your RTD projects; gain from external ingredient of unfamiliar and fresh expertise in your in-house programs;

    have access to special analyses; get insights in exploring the way of making the best value for your RTD results.

    EP Risks & Opportunities


    Evaluate the confidence of your geological knowledge versus the empiric, objective probability of success before capturing, drilling or quitting; challenge the paradigms that stick over the knowledge of your petroleum systems to disclose new plays; make your acreage gain in value by scouting for extraconventionnal resources, e. g. biogenic gas, shale oil & gas, noble gas; sustain your CBM production by in situ farming of biogenic gas.

    Acreage Capture in France


    Take the advantage of an available sound geological knowledge of the Paris Basin, and southeastern France, including Geo-Referenced Databases, before applying for permits or before any farm-in operations; we can also contribute by providing very local expertise in your play, and by addressing the socialization of the work program with communities and distinct levels of officials.

  • R&D

    Tharsis energy has been promoting in-house and collaborative research for five years on the location, characterization, and valorization of organic-rich, source/reservoir rocks of the subsurface.

  • Prediction

    The location refers to the establishment of predictive depositional models, through sedimentological analysis of facies and restoration of stratigraphic architectures.


    The characterization of mudrocks pulls together organic (pyrolysis, palynology) and inorganic (LIBS, ICP-MS) geochemistry, mineralogy (Raman spectroscopy), and micropetrology (FIB SE Microscopy). Our purpose is to define the heterogeneities of the host-rocks and accurately determine the amount of the distinct hydrocarbon fractions and their potential accessibility/mobility.


    The valorization aspect includes experiments about in-situ and ex-situ, microbial methane production, i. e. biostimulation or biogas farming, from a variety of source-rocks. An alternate aspect of our studies is concerned with the recognition of natural conduits in fine-grained, tight reservoirs, of which advantages can be taken to produce oil and gas at affordable financial and environmental costs.

  • R&D Partners

    Optical and Laser Remote Sensing

    Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), for Core Analysis

    Conceptual design of a modular instrument for chemical and textural analysis of cores : LIBS detection with targeting by a micro-imager. Co-application for the patent "Dispositif d'analyse spectroscopique des carottes de forages", June 2014.

    Learn more about ChemCam Instrument - Opportunities for Core Analysis : Download...

    Mars Exploration, Mars Science Laboratory Mission

    The geological context of search for organics in Gale Crater

    There is a Technical Assistance Agreement between the California Institute of Technology at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a NASA federally funded research and development center located in Pasadena, CA, and Tharsis-Energy to be provided with technical data necessary for conducting science mission operations activities and for assessing on-Mars performance of the ChemCam science instrument.

    Read more : ChemCam on mars / Mars Science Laboratory.


    Microbial methanogenesis in organic-rich rocks


    Active methanogens are present in the deep subsurface. Biostimulation, I. e. increase of natural bacterial and archaeal populations, was tested in microcosms as a method to detect and quantify the gas products and methanogenic consortia in a variety of organic-rich rocks.

    Learn more about Microbial methanogenesis in subsurface oil and coal : Download...

    Learn more about Biostimulation to detect methanogenic consortia in organic-rich rocks : Download...

    Learn more about Potential for energy production from organic-rich shales: Download...


    Organic molecules targeted by methanogenic microbial consortia

    Biodegradation on serial extractions

    Organic-rich shales are populated by methanogenic contortia that are able to degrade the fossilized organic matter into methane. To identify the organic fraction effectively degraded, we have sequentially depleted two types of organic-rich sedimentary rocks, shale and coal, at two different thermal maturities, by successive solvent extractions to remove the most soluble fraction (maltenes and asphaltenes) and isolate kerogen..

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  • Business References

    Our client base includes environmental and super-major to independent oil and gas companies.


    To ensure fit-for-purpose solutions, preference has been given to project scoping at project inception, in close consultation with the clients. Our commissions range from the provision of special analyses to specialist work, delivered as standalone projects to in-house exploration teams. All client-commissioned work is carried out on a strictly confidential basis. Possible integration of clients' proprietary data with our own for research or publication purposes are subject to prior clients' authorization.


  • Total E&P Alternative Subsurface Data

    A laboratory for wireline tool calibration

    New facilities for characterizing logging instruments are being built at Pau (64, France). The platform will contain a variety of test formations to be used to determine the basic responses of several wireline tools. A wide range of borehole conditions and formation properties can be simulated. Tharsis has been charged with seeking and selecting the purest quartzitic and carbonate lithologies, on the basis of ICP Mass Spectrometry combined with Raman Spectroscopy.

    Oil Field Development

    Rhaetian tight sandstones, Paris Basin

    IPC is operating several oil fields in western Paris Basin which have been the subject of recent developments and success in enhancing production rates and reserves. The regional play is a multilayered, variably amalgamated, tight sandstone reservoir. Tharsis has been participating in the developments of the Grandville and Vert-La-Gravelle fields, by delineating the reservoir architectures through depositional facies analysis applied to high-resolution sequence stratigraphy.

    Coal Bed Methane Exploration

    Carboniferous Play, NE France

    Based in Lorraine, Française de l’Energie is a French company focusing on Coal Bed Methane (CBM) appraisal and production with the objective to become a major gas player in France and Western Europe.

    Tharsis has developed high resolution sequence stratigraphy approach on the cored sections of FOLS1 and DIEBS1 wells drilled in the Sarro-Loraine basin in France to predict the original spread of coal seams, and has acquired information about the chemical and microbial components of the formation waters.

    Tight reservoirs and seals

    Microstructural heterogeneities

    Water resources of the City of Lyon, France

    The Molasse deep aquifer

    Risk Analysis

    Review of carbonate prospects, Indonesia

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