The westernmost part of the island (the Bird’s Head) and fold-and-thrust belts and foreland basins of PNG have been worked for petroleum for tens of years. Significant to giant oil and gas fields have been discovered and produced. However, most of the areas of Indonesian Papua have been very limitedly explored.
These include: South Papua platform, foreland basins and fold-thrust belts of the collision zone, and the Pacific province of North Papua. Based on oil and gas shows, discovery wells, newly acquired exploration data, and analogues to discoveries in PNG, these under-explored areas may be prospective. The talk will discuss the prospectivities and challenges of exploring these frontier areas.