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QLD hydrogen electrolyser facility opens

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The Queensland Government has opened the Fortescue Gladstone Electrolyser Facility, the first manufacturing facility in Australia to build hydrogen electrolysers at a commercial scale.

The facility is the first stage of a wider Green Energy Manufacturing Centre being developed by Fortescue on the 100-hectare site located on the Aldoga Industrial Estate in the Gladstone State Development Area.

It has an initial production capacity of over two gigawatts per annum – significantly increasing current global production, and, at full capacity, enough to produce more than 200,000 tonnes of green hydrogen each year.

The next phase – a 50 megawatts green hydrogen production facility called PEM50 – has also received development approval from Queensland’s Coordinator General.

“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.”

Energy Minister Mick de Brenni agreed and said the facility is a significant step in transitioning to net zero.

“This project is another example of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan bringing new industries to the Sunshine State and creating opportunities for local manufacturing and international exports,” he said.

“By onshoring the manufacture of hydrogen industry components, Queenslanders will reap enduring benefits all the way through the value chain, as global industry transforms and decarbonises.”

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