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The Papua New Guinea fold and thrust belt petroleum system is studied along a 200-km (124-mi)-long transect. The kinematic scenario includes the Jurassic rifting and passive margin, the erosion during the Upper Cretaceous related to the Coral Sea rifting and Pliocene–Pleistocene shortening, with an early growth of the Hedinia Anticline limiting lateral migration of oil in the adjacent Darai Plateau. Data from seven wells and two fields were used to calibrate section boundary conditions and properties. Apart from the high-pressure trend in the Kutubu/Moran structures, all data are well reproduced, and the modeled section appears quantitatively predictive. The modeling...

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