Four potential development partners have been shortlisted for the Southern Green Hydrogen project, a joint venture between Meridian Energy and Contact Energy to develop the world’s first large-scale green hydrogen plant in Southland. The shortlist comprises of Japanese consortium of Mitsui & Co Ltd, one of Japan’s largest trading and investment companies, and ENEOS, one of Japan’s leading integrated energy companiesLeading gases and engineering company BOC, a Linde company. Linde is a global leader in the production, processing, storage and distribution of hydrogen.Fortescue Future Industries, a subsidiary of Australian Fortescue Metals Group, a global green energy company committed to producing zero-carbon green hydrogen from 100 per cent renewable sources.Woodside Energy Limited, Australia’s leading natural gas producer, committed to providing sustainable energy solutions. The counterparties are now engaged in a request for proposal process to identify ‘early stage’ business plans and cases for a 600MW production facility in Southland. Ongoing discussions and workshops are under way and final RFP responses are due by mid-April.