Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research AS

Research and consulting company

  • VBPR founded in 1999, and based in Oslo, Norway
  • Close collaboration with largest MC Seismic provider TGS
  • Cooperate with leading service companies and academic institutions worldwide.
  • Multi-Client projects sold to more than 40 oil companies
  • Co-owner of extensive Multi-Client P-Cable database in the Barents and Norwegian seas


  • Integrated seismic, gravity, and magnetic (SGM) interpretation
  • Seafloor sampling
  • Seismic volcano stratigraphy
  • Petroleum implications of sill intrusions
  • Focus along the margins of the north Atlantic and Arctic oceans
  • Work also encompasses volcanic basins world-wide, e.g. South Africa, India, Australia, Siberia, Argentina and Brazil

News and Events

P-Cable suitable for time-lapse seismic monitoring - P.Hatchell ert al at EAGE 2018

EAGE Nigel Anstey Award 2018
Presented to J. Millett, VBPR by
HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark

Hawaii as model for the Norwegian Sea
GEO June 2018 - Sverre Planke

Latest products

North Atlantic Margin Sampling

Integration of sampling results from seven surveys (2000 - 2016) along North Atlantic conjugate margins of Mid-Norway, Greenland, and Jan Mayen

Available Q4-2018

Vøring Sampling

Seeped thermogenic hydrocarbons provide evidence for a working petroleum system along the outer Vøring Basin Margin. "Hot areas" identified within Fenris Graben.

Barents Sea Sampling 2014 Reprocessed

Calibration of database acquired in 2014 (BSS14) and development of workflow for improved identification of hydrocarbon phase and ranking of exploration targets in undrilled areas.

East Greenland Sampling

Revised seep analysis report for all sampling locations targeting key structures and potential hydrocarbon seeps over the NE Greenland shelf.

Barents Sea Interpretation Report

Multi-disciplinary integrated study of the Hoop and Bjarmeland Platform areas aimed at improving exploration success by utilizing high-resolution P-Cable data.

VMAPP (Volcanic Margin Petroleum Prospectivity)

New understanding and training on volcanic margin deposits and processes for higher exploration success in frontier basins.

P-Cable 2D/3D Acquisition

With the astonishing high-resolution 3D on Wisting (2016) as reference, operators now prepare for P-Cable acquisition over shallow target prospects/discoveries. Any spare acquisition capacity can be utilized to expand the existing MC P-Cable coverage  preferably over shallow prospects in APA-terrains.  Companies are invited to nominate survey areas (strict confidentiality guaranteed).

New Seafloor Sampling Surveys

Sampling proposals in both mature and frontier areas.  Companies are invited to nominate survey areas (strict confidentiality guaranteed).

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Comprehensive listing of VBPR Publications and Reports