Why the QEM (ASX:QEM) share price catapulted 37% today

The QEM Limited (ASX: QEM) share price is rising after news of a new project management specialist for the company's Julia Creek project.

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The QEM Ltd (ASX: QEM) share price powered up today on news of a new project management specialist for the company's green hydrogen development.

At the time of writing, the QEM share price has gained a huge 37%. Shares in the exploration and development company are currently swapping hands for 24 cents. 

Let's take a closer look at the announcement made by the company this morning.

New project management 

Today's gains for the QEM share price come after the company shared that it has signed an execution strategy agreement with the project management consultant Siecap.

The agreement will see the Brisbane-based consultancy company assume a project management role at QEM.

It will manage execution strategies for mining, extracting, processing, and the Julia Creek project, where QEM will be exporting vanadium pentoxide and transport fuels as well as green hydrogen. 

Siecap will also be responsible for grants coordination. Previously, QEM has stated its Julia Creek project could be eligible for a number of grants. These include the $2.47 billion Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility and the $24 million Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy funding commitment.

In its release, the company stated that Siecap could be working to support the progressing of Julia Creek's pre-feasibility study in the future.

Commentary from management

QEM's managing director Gavin Loyden commented on the agreement, stating it will strengthen the company's future plans.

With the continued progression of our Julia Creek vanadium and oil shale project and green hydrogen strategy, this Agreement will streamline our broader business strategy to drive these two intertwined developments forward as efficiently as possible,

Siecap has a deep knowledge of the sector and policy environment QEM operates in, making them the optimal choice to assist us in successfully executing this.

QEM share price snapshot

The QEM share price rose dramatically when the company announced its green hydrogen strategy in March, and it's been performing well since.

Currently, the QEM share price is up 161% year to date. It's also up by 235% over the last 12 months.

The company has a market capitalisation of around $23 million, with approximately 100 million shares outstanding.

Motley Fool contributor Brooke Cooper has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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