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

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  • 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

VBPR presenting at EAGE in June:


New 24R licenses are soon awarded and amazingly many high-impact wells are soon drilled in the Barents Sea. Following the successful high-resolution 3D acquisition on Wisting in 2016, operators now prepare (contingent on exploration success) for P-Cable acquisition.

In the event P-Cable mobilize in the Barents Sea this summer, we intend to utilize remaining capacity to expand our MC P-Cable library, preferably in APA-terrains with shallow reservoirs.  Companies are invited to nominate survey areas (strict confidentiality guaranteed).

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.

Recent Publications

The pre-breakup stratigraphy and petroleum system of the Southern Jan Mayen Ridge revealed by seafloor sampling2018.04.30TectonophysicsPolteau, S.
Investigations on the use of triaromatic dimethylcholesteroids as age-specific biomarkers in bitumens and oils from Arctic Norway2018.04.25Organic GeochemistryLerch, B.
Sub-surface geology and velocity structure of the Krafla high temperature geothermal field, Iceland: Integrated ditch cuttings, wireline and zero offset vertical seismic profile analysis2018.03.30Journal of Volc. and Geoth. ResearchMillet, J.M.
Shear margin moraine, mass transport deposits and soft beds revealed by high-resolution P-Cable three-dimensional seismic data in the Hoop area, Barents Sea2018.03.28Lyell CollectionBellwald, B.
Ice-stream dynamics of the SW Barents Sea revealed by high-resolution 3D seismic imaging of glacial deposits in the Hoop area2018.03.07Marine GeologyBellwald, B.
Seismic imaging in the Krafla high-temperature geothermal field, NE Iceland, using zero- and far-offset vertical seismic profiling (VSP) data2018.02.21Journal of Volc. and Geoth. ResearchKästner, F.
Glacigenic sedimentation pulses triggered post-glacial gas hydrate dissociation2018.02.12Nature Comm.Karstens, J.

See Publications for a comprehensive listing.