Fortescue to Assess Shuttered U.S. Coal Mine Site for Green Hydrogen Plant

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By Rhiannon Hoyle

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Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. on Friday said it has signed an agreement with nonprofit Industrial Park at TransAlta in Centralia, Wash., to look at ways to convert a former coal mine into a green hydrogen production facility.

The clean energy venture of Australia’s Fortescue, one of the world’s top iron-ore miners, wants to repurpose existing fossil fuel infrastructure to create a green hydrogen plant that it said could form part of a Pacific Northwest renewable hydrogen hub.

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Industrial Park at TransAlta, or IPAT, was formed to support industrial development on TransAlta Corp.’s former mining land, where the Centralia coal pit was shuttered in 2006.

A TransAlta coal-fired power plant adjacent to the IPAT project site is scheduled to close in 2025.

“Subject to the outcome of the feasibility studies, [Fortescue’s] intention would be to seek to employ the existing coal workforce for the proposed project, facilitating a transition into the emerging green energy economy,” the Australian company said in a statement.

TransAlta didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fortescue also said it would apply for a US Department of Energy hydrogen hub program grant in collaboration with other entities including utility Puget Sound Energy, a subsidiary of Puget Holdings.

Write to Rhiannon Hoyle at [email protected]

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