FFI wins approval for $114m GEM centre

Fortescue Future Industries’ (FFI) first global Green Energy Manufacturing (GEM) centre has obtained planning approval from the Queensland Government.

The GEM centre has received strong public endorsement after receiving its planning approval to create a world leading electrolyser, renewable industry and equipment factory at Gladstone. 

It is expected the initial electrolyser investment, which is scheduled for production in early 2023, cost around $114 million.  

FFI chairman Dr Andrew Forrest said Gladstone will be the centre of Queensland’s “green energy revolution”. 

“This project will not only be a game-changer for green manufacturing in regional Queensland, it will also provide a major boost for the local economy and indelibly put Queensland as an epicentre of the coming green industry revolution,” Forrest said. 

The project is predicted to create hundreds of jobs across regional Queensland and according to chief executive officer Julie Shuttleworth, it will provide a significant “boost” to the Australian economy.  

“This manufacturing facility in Gladstone will be a major hub in Queensland’s growing hydrogen industry and we are pleased to be working with the State Government on pioneering green hydrogen manufacturing in Gladstone,” Shuttleworth said. 

“Receiving planning approval from the State Government brings this project even closer to fruition, as we work towards commencing construction on the first stage in February 2022.” 

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said GEM’s electrolyser would boost Queensland’s reputation as a “world leader” in green hydrogen. 

“It will be the first facility in Australia able to make the multi-gigawatt-scale electrolysers used worldwide in hydrogen production,” Miles said. 

“With initial capacity to manufacture up to two gigawatts (GW) of electrolysers annually, it will be the largest electrolyser factory in the world when it comes online in 2023.”  

GEM plans to be the first step of many projects continuing to transform regional Australia through green industry manufacturing and energy production centres. 

For more information visit the Fortescue Future Industries website. 

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