Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research AS

Research and consulting company

  • VBPR founded in 1999, and based in Oslo, Norway
  • Collaborate with largest Multi-Client 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 to identify and characterize petroleum systems
  • Seismic volcano stratigraphy and petroleum implications
  • In-depth studies of the margins along the north Atlantic and Arctic oceans, and extensive field work in volcanic basins world-wide, e.g. South Africa, India, Australia, Siberia, Argentina and Brazil

125 blocks in the Barents Sea (see map).
P-Cable and Seafloor Sampling highly relevant for evaluation of the hydrocarbon systems at highest possible resolution.

11 blocks in the Slørebotn area south of Ormen Lange. VBPR is proposing a project on Neogene and Quaternary geology, prospectivity, and geo-hazards (NQ21). Focus areas/framework to be agreed with participants.

Please contact us for more info on available studies/consultancy relevant to the 25R areas.

Faye Walker (VBPR) has published a fascinating paper in GEOLOGY where she dives into the ancient vulcano Erlend north of Shetland.

Here the first high-resolution threedimensional reconstruction of an ancient volcanic plumbing system as a large laccolithic complex is presented. The results reveal for the first time the entire multicomponent plumbing system within a large ancient shield volcano.

GEONOVA has establish conferense headquarter in the main meeting room at "Høienhald", the new office building of VBPR.

All credit to Ingvild/Halfdan and the GEONOVA team for the smooth and professional operation.

Special greetings from the VBPR team to Ingvild on her birthday today (14/10)




Latest Projects and Products

VMAPP phase 2

New understanding and exploration opportunities in global volcanic margin petroleum systems. Project timeline 2018-21.


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

East Greenland Sampling

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

NE Atlantic GPlates reconstruction - 58 Ma

The reconstructed structure map at NE Atlantic pre break-up time is the result of  integrated interpretation of SGM data (seismic, gravity, and magnetic).

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.

Project Proposals

P-Cable 2D/3D - HR20

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

Seafloor Sampling (Gravity Coring) - Barents and Norwegian Seas

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


EGS16 - Gravity Coring