Four multinational mining giants will explore the use of green hydrogen in their operations, with the formation of a Green Hydrogen Consortium.
Anglo American, BHP, Fortescue and Hatch have joined together to look at ways of using green hydrogen to accelerate decarbonisation within their operations globally.
Primarily, the Consortium aims to collectively help to eliminate the obstacles to the adoption of green hydrogen technologies and encourage innovative application.
The goal is to identify opportunities to develop green hydrogen technologies for the resources sector and other heavy industries, and provide a mechanism for suppliers and operators to contribute to and engage with these development activities.
Some of the proposed activities include undertaking research, technology and supply chain development, and piloting green hydrogen technologies to seek to de-risk and accelerate the technologies.
The companies involved in the Consortium are committed to reducing their respective operational greenhouse gas emissions and to working collaboratively with others – including customers and suppliers – to find technological or other innovative solutions for the emissions associated with the use of their products and in their supply chains.
Hatch has been appointed as the Project Management and Governance Facilitator of the Green Hydrogen Consortium.
Western Australia’s Minister for Regional Development, Alannah MacTiernan MLC, said, “We welcome this industry collaboration to help decarbonise mining operations and cement WA’s place on the world stage as a green hydrogen innovator and producer.
“Green hydrogen provides a real opportunity to reduce diesel consumption and decarbonise mine site operations, with potential for fuel cells to power fixed and mobile plants, mining vehicles and feedstock.”