Australia Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest says red tape cost WA big hydrogen project
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Australia's biggest hydrogen developers have thrown their support behind the NSW government's plan to offer $3 billion in incentives for green hydrogen projects, calling it a "leap forward" in scaling up the emerging industry. NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean said the new strategy released on Wednesday to develop hydrogen for domestic use and export would help the state cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030 and create new opportunities that could grow the economy by more than $600 million this decade.
Andrew Forrest has revealed he wanted to make his first big hydrogen investment in Western Australia, not Queensland, but says state government red tape held him back.
"If you want to develop the hundreds of thousands of (hydrogen) jobs in Western Australia ... you've got to get past the promises and allow projects to be developed by granting tenure," Mr Forrest said at the National Press Club.
WA has long-standing approvals processes for mining exploration and pastoral and Indigenous land use but not for stand-alone green energy projects.
Don't deny green energy future: Forrest
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WA's Hydrogen Minister Alannah MacTiernan has acknowledged WA's land tenure rules need amending but suggested Mr Forrest's reticence was related to native title.
"We really appreciate the big investment that he has to make," she said.
"But we do know that there are others interested in that same land.
"So we have to find a process that is going to be fair and not dissuade investment and also that does acknowledge what we can't change, which is that there is native title over many of these areas."
Native title stoushes
Mr Forrest's iron ore company Fortescue Metals Groupover land that includes the site of its Solomon mine hub.
On Sunday Mr Forrest announced what could eventually be a $1 billion investment,.
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Anticipation was high in WA's East Kimberley that the Wyndham Port would secure a marquee hydrogen project through Mr Forrest's green energy company Fortescue Future Industries.
But Mr Forrest's language today made it clear there would be no investments in WA until agreement could be reached with the state government over land tenure.
"The Government's actually got to get off its COVID tail and make it happen, not talk about it, not wish it into existence, they've actually got to make it happen," he said.
"Would I have preferred to have had our first (hydrogen project) in Western Australia?
"Certainly, I would have, but it wasn't possible.
"I've written to the Premier (Mark McGowan) in increasingly strident terms saying, 'Mate, we can't wish this into existence, you're either going to do it or not'."
Ms MacTiernan said the WA Government was working on a new form of land tenement to accommodate green energy by the end of the year.
"But this is not stopping other people getting on with their projects," she said.
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