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 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

News and Events

Senior geologist John Millett of VBPR believes the time has come to drill through magmatic rocks on the Norwegian continental shelf. This can lead to new oil discoveries.

(Geoforskning.no - in Norwegian)

The kickoff call was hold September 6th, and Karin de Borst, Shell was elected president.

VBPR approached OGIC to support a proof of concept project to identify if Resonance Enhanced Drilling (RED) could be used for coring. OGIC supported VBPR’s project with the RED team from the University of Aberdeen.

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 - HR19

With the astonishing high-resolution 3D on Wisting (2016) as reference, operators are preparing for P-Cable acquisition over shallow target prospects/discoveries. Spare acquisition capacity will be utilized for expanding the existing MC P-Cable coverage  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