The Linde Group has entered into a collaboration agreement with Siluria Technologies to enhance the provision of ethylene product and plant technologies.

The primary objective of the agreement is to combine the respective company’s technologies and expertise into an optimised and integrated package which Linde would license to the petrochemicals industry for both revamps or expansions at existing ethylene plants and for new world-scale ethylene plants.

Siluria is a pioneer in the commercial production of fuels and chemicals made from clean and abundant natural gas.

“We are extremely pleased to enter into this partnership. Linde is clearly one of the leading technology and EPC service providers to the global ethylene industry. This partnership strengthens our technology platform and enables a world class go-to-market licensing strategy,” commented Andrea Redford, Director of EPC Partnering and Capital Projects at Siluria.

Over the past six months Linde has completed an extensive technical and economic diligence process on Siluria’s oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) technology, which catalytically converts methane directly to ethylene. The success of this joint diligence effort resulted in the formation of this strategic relationship.

The companies have formed joint teams, which will fully integrate the company’s respective technologies and collaborate through the final scale-up and demonstration of the OCM technology at the previously announced demonstration plant that Siluria is constructing at Braskem’s site in La Porte, Texas.

“The oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) has been ranking for decades as the most ambitious innovation target in the field of ethylene technology. Linde is a leading player in this market and is fully committed to work with Siluria at the aim to broaden the feedstock slate for ethylene production,” said Professor Dr Aldo Belloni, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.

The companies expect to be offering the technologies to the broader ethylene industry in the second half of 2015.

The Linde Group has also engaged with chemical company BASF SE in recent days, intended to cooperate in developing and licensing processes for the on-purpose production of linear butenes and butadiene.