The Papuan Basin holds an estimated 1.5 billion barrels of oil and 37 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered natural gas.*

The Papua New Guinea SEEBASE® Study and GIS includes a comprehensive compilation of project-ready data layers, including potential field datasets featuring Frogtech's state-of-the-art geophysical processing and enhancements.

This information is presented together with a fully-integrated explanation of regional geology and detailed interpretations of basement geology, tectonic reconstructions, basement depth and architecture models, and analysis of present-day basement-derived heat flow.

Available for non-exclusive license and ready for immediate digital delivery in a project ready format. 

*USGS, 2012

 Oblique 3D image of subduction zones and intrusive arc basement from the Papua New Guinea SEEBASE®.

Oblique 3D image of subduction zones and intrusive arc basement from the Papua New Guinea SEEBASE®.


 Papua New Guinea SEEBASE® Digital Elevation Model showing product coverage.

Papua New Guinea SEEBASE® Digital Elevation Model showing product coverage.

Papua New Guinea is a 250 million-year-old Queenslander

New findings outlined in this study conclude that much of Papua New Guinea formed on the eastern margin of Queensland, not adjacent to northern Australia as previously thought.

The Papua New Guinea SEEBASE® multi-client Study and GIS by Frogtech Geoscience considers the geological origins of Papua New Guinea dating back 250 million years. The study concludes that a large portion of the Island's land mass began the long journey to its current position from somewhere between Charters Towers and Rockhampton on Australia's eastern seaboard.

The new study tracks the geological blocks from formation on the Queensland coast, through their 100-million-year long journey wrought with volcanism and terrane collision events, to their final destination at the northern continental margin of Australia which culminated in the construction of the New Guinea Highlands.


Discover new insights

The Papua New Guinea SEEBASE® multi-client Study and GIS uncovers the elusive geological past of the region and strips back the layers of the Earth to reveal the first continuous 3D depth-to-basement interpretation of the country.

key deliverables:

  • Basement Geology: analysis and description of basement terranes, assessment of terrane boundaries, and interpretation of basement composition
  • Tectonostratigraphic History: plate reconstructions and summary of key tectonic events; implications for basin development; interpretation of major basement faults, and fault event maps for key events
  • SEEBASE® Depth-to-Basement Model: depth and geometry of basement surface highlighting basin depocentres and highs
  • Depth to Moho: Geometry and depth of the Moho surface
  • Maps of Sediment, Crustal and Basement Thickness, and Beta Factor: Derivative maps created using the SEEBASE® and Moho models
  • Inferred Basement Heat Flow: Computation of radiogenic heat production and heat flow, integrating basement geology and architecture, as well as timing and intensity of regional tectonothermal events
  • Potential Field Datasets: Frogtech's state-of-the-art geophysical processing and enhancements
 Papua New Guinea SEEBASE® 3D stack of data and interpreted layers, featuring Frogtech's "Bottom-up" approach to basin analysis, providing a range of key deliverables that include potential field datasets, basement geology, SEEBASE®, tectonostratigraphic history, and present-day basement heat flow.

Papua New Guinea SEEBASE® 3D stack of data and interpreted layers, featuring Frogtech's "Bottom-up" approach to basin analysis, providing a range of key deliverables that include potential field datasets, basement geology, SEEBASE®, tectonostratigraphic history, and present-day basement heat flow.


INTEGRATED, PROJECT-READY AND INSIGHTFUL