Jacobs signs global engineering agreement with Fortescue Future Industries

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Through a three-year framework agreement, Jacobs will support FFI on a variety of decarbonisation projects.

Jacobs has signed an engineering partnering agreement with Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) to support its global ammonia, green hydrogen and renewable energy project targets.

FFI, a global green energy company committed to producing zero-carbon green hydrogen from renewable sources, is leading a global effort to decarbonise difficult-to-abate industries and is developing the technology and energy supply to help decarbonise one of the world’s largest producers of iron ore – its parent company, Fortescue Metals Group, which has zero emission targets for its operations.

Through a three-year framework agreement, with two one-year renewal options, Jacobs will support FFI on a variety of decarbonisation projects from concept through to final investment decision.

“With a portfolio spanning 25 countries and ambitious plans to move to a decarbonised future, FFI will benefit from our global footprint and integrated programmatic approach to accelerate their energy transition efforts,” said Jacobs executive vice president and president of people and places solutions Patrick Hill. “Further, it aligns with our commitment to respond to climate challenge impacts holistically, rather than each market in isolation, especially when it comes to green energy and power.”

FFI CEO Mark Hutchinson said: “In 2022, we announced a $6.2bn capital investment that will help our iron ore business reduce its carbon emissions by eliminating the use of fossil fuels by 2030, providing energy cost savings and removing our exposure to carbon regulatory risk. We are planning to turn Fortescue Metals Group, the highly successful company that has been built over 20 years, into a green energy and resources global powerhouse that is helping heavy industry to step beyond fossil fuels.

“With Jacobs’ technical and programme management expertise, we’re accelerating our transition to the post-fossil fuel era, setting an example for the rest of the traditional minerals and mining industry that prioritising energy transition efforts now will, in the future, not only help eliminate exposure to fossil fuel risk but also assist in reducing operating costs.”