Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research AS (VBPR)

Research and consulting company. Founded in 1999 and based in Oslo, Norway.

  • Close collaboration with largest MC Seismic provider TGS
  • Cooperation with leading service companies and academic institutions worldwide.
  • Multi-Client projects sold to more than 30 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
  • Main target areas 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. 

See Publications for a comprehensive listing of results.

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Latest products

Barents Sea Interpretation Report  NEW

Multi-disciplinary integrated study of the Hoop and Bjarmeland Platform areas aimed at improving exploration success in the 24th round blocks.

Barents Sea Sampling 2014 Reprocessed   NEW

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.

P-Cable | Barents and Norwegian seas

15 high-resolution P-Cable 3D cubes and 2D wide azimuth profiles mainly in the Hoop and Barents SE areas.

Barents Sea Sampling 2014

Exciting results from Hoop and Barents SE areas. Results are highly relevant for constraining current geological models, in terms of hydrocarbon prospectivity.

VMAPP (Volcanic Margin Petroleum Prospectivity)

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