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FFI believes that green hydrogen will be an important part of New Zealand’s transition to a low carbon economy. New Zealand has a strong innovation-driven ecosystem which is underpinned by the renewable energy generation sources required to produce green hydrogen.

Green hydrogen and its derivative products can be used in New Zealand to fuel heavy land transport, aviation, and shipping; to replace reticulated natural gas; to replace fossil fuels in industrial process heating; and to make green steel, green cement, and sustainable fertiliser.

This provides an opportunity to reindustrialise New Zealand while decarbonising the economy, including parts of the food production chain.

Green hydrogen or ammonia can also be exported to countries that are energy-deficient and have chosen hydrogen as their choice of low-carbon energy import of the future.

The NZ Government has recognised this potential through its Hydrogen Green Paper and the agreements it has signed with potential green hydrogen/ammonia importers Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. Green hydrogen can be an important contributor to the Government’s vision for a Just Transition, creating valuable manufacturing jobs.

FFI has signed agreements with local iwi and begun working with local New Zealand companies as a first step in our plans to realise New Zealand’s green hydrogen potential. We are determined that an environmentally sustainable future must also be socially responsible and create good jobs for local workers and support the aspirations of indigenous people.

Southland project

Southland is an ideal location to establish a world-class hydrogen industry as the community moves away from carbon-based heavy industry and diversifies into new export opportunities.

FFI is privileged to have entered into collaboration agreement with the Murihiku Hapu ki Ngāi Tahu, the mana whenua (traditional custodians) of New Zealand’s Southland region. FFI and Ngāi Tahu see this as a once in a generation global opportunity for both kaitiakitanga (guardianship), decarbonisation and energy transition leadership.

We are working together to assess and potentially develop a large scale, renewable green hydrogen production project in Southland. This project would be one of the world’s first large scale green hydrogen facilities. with a target to commence first production in 2025.

There is a clear pathway for multiple stages of future expansion, which can support greater New Zealand-wide renewable energy investment.

The Southland project can provide significant economic growth through regional and national hydrogen industry job creation, as well as diversifying and broadening New Zealand’s skilled workforce.

FFI Southland supply chain

FFI is proposing to create a fully integrated process that adds value to Southland’s communities. The entire energy system will be delivered and operated by FFI.

What we're doing in communities

FFI was founded on the belief that communities should thrive as a result of our success.

We are committed to empowering thriving communities by delivering positive social, environmental, and economic benefits, through continuous, transparent, and ongoing dialogue.

FFI will provide training, employment, and business development opportunities for local people in support of construction and operational activities.