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

Dmitrii Zastrozhnov (VBPR) successfully defended the thesis Regional Structure and basin Development of the mid-Norwegian Volcanic Passive Margin: Anatomy of a Polyphased Rifted System and recieved the degree of Philosophiae Doctor.

The Decarbonisation and Energy Transition Special Interest Community (DET) in EAGE has confirmed the programme of the Dedicated Session 10 June. Everyone who wishes to attend needs to sign up in advance via this link

Fenris Graben, Skoll High, Gjallar Ridge and Rån Basin soon open for exploration (OED). APA2020 applicants should utilize Vøring Transform Margin (2000), and Vøring Sampling (2016) with P-Cable 2D well-tie line (2015) and vulcanological insight from the VMAPP project (2013-2021).

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