Fortescue to explore green hydrogen production in Jordan

Al Husainiyah solar park in Jordan. Image by: AMEA Power.

November 8 (Renewables Now) - Australia’s Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has agreed with the government of Jordan to explore the production of hydrogen from wind and solar power in a partnership that will support the Arab country's transition to greener energy.

Under the framework agreement signed by the two parties, FFI will explore the installation of large-scale solar and wind parks on an area of 450 sq km (173.7sq mi) and 1,000 sq km (386.1 sq mi), respectively as well as the construction of downstream production facilities within an industrial zone in Jordan, the Australian company said last week.

Positive results of the study could lead to an investment agreement for the development and construction of a facility for green hydrogen and ammonia which would be the first of its kind in the kingdom.

“Because of the abundance of both solar and wind power we can create in the Kingdom, Jordan has incredible renewable energy potential, as well as the potential to become a leader in producing and exporting green hydrogen and green ammonia," said Jordan's environment minister Muawieh Khalid Radaideh.

According to FFI's chief executive Julie Shuttlewort, the Arab country is attractive for green hydrogen generation because of the solar and wind power located close to operational ports.

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