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Fortescue’s groundbreaking hydrogen facility

The Queensland Government has officially opened Fortescue’s new hydrogen electrolyser manufacturing facility in Gladstone.

This facility is the first of its kind in Australia, capable of producing hydrogen electrolysers at commercial scale.

The Gladstone Electrolyser Facility has an initial production capacity of over 2 gigawatts (GW) per annum, significantly increasing global production. At full capacity, it will be able to produce more than 200,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually.

This project is the first stage of Fortescue’s broader Green Energy Manufacturing Centre being developed on a 100-hectare site in the Gladstone State Development Area. According to the Queensland government, it has provided crucial support, including infrastructure upgrades and fast-tracked approvals, to secure this world-leading project for the state.

In a further boost, the project has been granted development approval for the next phase – a 50 megawatt (MW) green hydrogen production facility called PEM50. This will utilise the locally manufactured Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers to produce green hydrogen for domestic and export markets.

“This facility delivers new clean economy manufacturing jobs in Gladstone, and my government is right behind it,” Premier Steven Miles said.

“Fortescue’s Gladstone Electrolyser Facility is not only a Queensland first, but also an Australian first – right here in our backyard.”

In total, the two Fortescue projects are expected to generate 240 jobs during construction and 93 ongoing operational roles, with an additional 300 indirect local jobs supported as the energy precinct expands.

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