Ten staff, half from the DPE and half from state-owned Petromin, are heading to Japan this week to undergo training from Japan's Information Centre for Petroleum Exploration and Production.
The training will only last from October 15 to November 2 but the numbers are up from eight Papua New Guineans who attended a similar ICEP technical training program last year.
Petromin thanked the collaboration with Japan Petroleum Exploration for the Japanese government training of its staff.
"Training of this nature is directly helping Petromin build its technical capacity in the interest of the company's active participation in petroleum exploration and development activities in PNG," Petromin said.
"The training also provides opportunities for mutual cooperation between our companies and the people of both countries."
Petromin struck a strategic alliance with Shell in August to pursue hydrocarbon opportunities in PNG and Petroleum and Energy minister William Duma wants the oil major to partner into the InterOil-led Gulf LNG project.