Green energy company Fortescue Future Industries has revealed it has already received planning approval for what will be the world’s biggest factory for green hydrogen electrolysers, despite announcing plans for the Gladstone facility little more than a month ago.

Andrew Forrest and the Queensland premier discuss renewable hydrogen.

Fortescue and the Queensland Government announced on Wednesday that planning approval had been granted for the facility, which will see an initial investment of $114 million, with construction to begin in February and the first electrolysers to be produced in 2023.

The plan is to build a Global Green Energy manufacturing centre, which may also include a gigawatt scale solar module factory and other production facilities, in early October.

Forrest has made multiple announcements with governments and companies in recent weeks as he seeks to become a global hydrogen player, with plan to produce 15 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030, and 50 million tonnes at a later date.

The company will also aim to achieve a 50% reduction in the emissions intensity of the shipping of its ores by 2030 as well as cut emissions from its steel making by 7.5% by 2030 from current levels, and by 100% by 2040.

According to reneweconomy