From Queensland to the Kingdom of Jordan, Twiggy Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries is staying busy when it comes to green hydrogen.

FFI announced its latest move in the space this week, partnering with Jordan to conduct studies on developing green hydrogen production through large-scale wind and solar energy production facilities.

The proposal will mark the first step in establishing the country’s first ever production of green hydrogen and ammonia, FFI said.

It follows another recent FFI update where it flagged plans to become the largest supplier of green hydrogen to the United Kingdom prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this week.

The green hydrogen arm of the iron ore miner signed a multi-billion-pound deal with construction giant JC Bamford Excavators and Ryze Hydrogen, which will purchase 10 per cent of FFI’s green hydrogen production.

Groundwork set to begin studies

Jordanian Minister of Environment Dr Muawieh Khalid Radaideh said because of the abundance of both solar and wind power, Jordan has strong renewable energy credentials as well as the potential to become a leader in producing and exporting green hydrogen and green ammonia.

“The Kingdom is committed to a greener future,” he said.

“This has the potential to benefit beyond the Kingdom, into the region and the global community, not only economically but environmentally.”

The Framework Agreement sets the groundwork for FFI to study the possibilities of large-scale solar and wind production and provides FFI with a minimum initial area of land for preliminary studies comprising 450km2 for potential solar production, as well as 1.5km2 within an industrial zone for potential downstream production facilities.

First Movers Coalition

FFI has also joined up with around 25 of the biggest companies as a founding member of the First Movers Coalition, a partnership focused on delivering 100% renewable green hydrogen on a global scale and achieving net zero.

Led by the US State Department and the World Economic Forum through the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, the First Movers Coalition is a platform aiming to build private-sector demand to speed clean energy technology and confront the climate crisis.

“I am delighted to be a founding member of the First Movers Coalition leading from the front to act on climate change,” FMG founder Andrew Forrest said.

“We want to end global warming using the power of green hydrogen, which coupled with commerce and the First Movers Coalition encourages exactly that.”