Fortescue Green Hydrogen and Ammonia Plant

December 2nd, 2020

The Fortescue Metals Group is investigating the development of a large-scale renewables-based hydrogen/ammonia plant at the Bell Bay industrial precinct, Tasmania.

Main proponents:

Fortescue Metals Group

Main end-use classification:

Industrial process – ammonia production

 

Status:

Under development

Estimated cost:

 

Other involvement:

 

Production details:

Under evaluation

 

Location:

Tasmania, Australia

Announced funding:

 

Project description:

In November 2020, the Tasmanian Government announced it was providing AUD$2.6 million to support three feasibility studies investigating large-scale renewable hydrogen projects in Tasmania (arising from the first round of the State’s Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Funding Program).

At the same time, it was also announced that the Fortescue Metals Group is investigating the potential development of a 250 megawatt (MW) renewables-based hydrogen plant at the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone with associated green ammonia production capacity of around 250,000 tonnes per annum (meaning the whole project would be based on renewable energy).  The produced ammonia would supply Australian domestic and international markets.

The project is targeting 2021 for a final investment decision (subject to the results of a detailed technical/economic feasibility analysis).

In May 2021, it was announced that Fortescue Future Industries Pty Ltd (FFI), IHI Engineering Australia Pty Ltd and IHI Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for investigation into establishing green ammonia supply chains between Australia and Japan.  The parties are to jointly assess the economic and technical feasibility of supplying green ammonia produced in Bell Bay and transported to Japan for blending into existing power generation. Work under this MoU is an important part of Fortescue’s feasibility and development program for the 250 MW green hydrogen and ammonia plant project.

In June 2021, it was announced that FFI had signed an Option Agreement with Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd (TasPorts) to exclusively negotiate all land and operating access requirements for the project.

 

Last reviewed: July 2021