PGS Sponsors PNG Digitalization Initiative

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PGS is supporting PNG Department of Petroleum and Energy modernization and digitalization, improving access to data.

Jimmy Haumu (DPE Director), Rick Irving (PGS Vice President Australasia), Boio Arua (DPE Assistant Director), Kila Navu (DPE Senior Archives Officer), Anthon Kevin (DPE Senior Technical Officer) 

The PNG Department of Petroleum and Energy (DPE) plays a crucial role in regulating Papua New Guinea’s oil and gas industry and provides essential information to partners and prospective investors. PGS is supporting DPE’s initiative to modernize its operations and sponsoring the digitalization of DPE archives by providing a wide-format scanner and essential archive supplies.  

In 2022, the DPE relocated to newly built offices in Waigani (central Port Moresby), which highlighted the need for modernization of their document archives. The DPE currently store hundreds of archive boxes containing paper reports and logs, along with other data on various physical media such as CDs and exabyte tapes. Digitalization will make access to valuable data easier for companies exploring and developing new energy projects. The new scanner provided by PGS can do image-to-text conversion for paper reports and can also scan long paper logs. 

Data Supports Renewed Interest in Gulf of Papua

PGS is excited to be part of this improvement process and will continue to support the DPE with their development goals.  Interest in PNG’s energy sector is seeing renewed growth as the government continues to stabilize their investment and development policies. Access to reliable data supports this trend.

The highly prospective Gulf of Papua is covered by two large MultiClient 3D surveys, mapped by PGS. The 2011 Solwara MC3D and the 2020 Painimaut MC3D datasets benefit from modern demultiple techniques, full-waveform inversion (FWI), and pre-stack depth migration (PSDM). These surveys reveal numerous prospects in multiple play types over open acreage, and farm-in opportunities are available over the Solwara MC3D survey area. PGS has exclusive marketing rights for the Solwara and Painimaut MC3D surveys until 2029. 

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Contact for more information about how PGS is supporting DPE modernization initiatives or to talk about PGS data for Papua New Guinea.

Data Library | PNG Painimaut & Solwara

Painimaut offers >6100 sq. km GeoStreamer 3D data targeting Tertiary carbonate buildups and Mesozoic rift basins, plus pinch-out plays and drapes over deeper structural highs. Solwara MC3D is a recently reprocessed dataset for the Gulf of Papua.