German hydrogen technology company Graforce has joined forces with Worley to scale methane electrolysis (plasmalysis) technology.

The companies will initially focus on expanding in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and China (APAC).

Plasmalysis is a technology that transforms liquified natural gas (LNG), flare gas, and other hydrocarbons into hydrogen without releasing CO₂ or other harmful greenhouse gases.

It is said to facilitate the transition to clean-burning hydrogen without the need to switch energy suppliers or transportation methods.

Under the alliance, Australia-based Worley will be tasked with providing engineering and project delivery services for plasmalysis plant customers in Asia and Australia.

Graforce CTO Jens Hanke said: “The entire APAC region is looking for green technologies for existing energy sources to achieve climate targets. The cooperation with Worley is an important step for us to quickly scale our methane plasmalysis and to open up these markets.”

Graforce and Worley will showcase their plasmalysis plants at APPEA 2023 in Adelaide, Australia, at the Worley-sponsored Hydrogen Pavilion, demonstrating the latest innovations in the hydrogen industry and their effect on decarbonisation.

Worley ANZ managing director Gillian Cagney said: “As we scale up towards the vast quantities of renewable energy and hydrogen required to meet our net zero goals, our medium-term reliance on fossil fuels and in particular, natural gas and LNG, is a given.

“Plasmalysis marries these two realities together and enables faster decarbonisation utilising existing infrastructure.”

Last week, Worley was selected by Shell to offer engineering and design services for Sparta, a floating development located in the Gulf of Mexico.