ABN 71 107 385 008


Laboratory: unit 23, 80 box road, taren point 2229 nsw australia

Mail Address: PO Box 174 Sans Souci NSW 2219

e-mail      phone 61 02 95240403 fax 61 02 95267083



Established 1985 as Harold Read & Associates Pty Ltd, providing coal petrographic analyses to Coal Testing Laboratories in New South Wales and Queensland.


Coal & Organic Petrology Services Pty Ltd was established 2004 to expand the range of skills and services available to include organic petrology relevant to oil & gas exploration; and to offer consultancy advice regarding the use and interpretation of petrographic analyses, in particular maceral analysis and vitrinite reflectance, in coal, oil & gas exploration; coal and coke preparation and product quality monitoring.





Microscopic examination & analysis


-         coal analysis


quality control

single seam coal and coal blend analysis:


-         coke petrography:


-         dispersed organic matter (DOM) analysis

maturity determination (VR, spore colour, fluorescence)

kerogen typing;


-         environmental analysisdust samples

assessment of environmental impact of coal mining and handling;


-         general organic petrology.


Core logging



The Taren Point laboratory is equipped for maceral analysis, vitrinite reflectance analysis,spectral fluorescence analysis, general microscopy/petrography.

Appropriate ISO and Australian Standards are followed. Analysts are encouraged to join and particiate in exercises with the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP); currently  9 our staff have ICCP Accreditation.




Harold Read BSc FAusIMM CP

Dr. Walter Pickel FAusIMM