The UK has received 26 bids in the country’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round.

A total of 19 companies expressed interest in the 13 areas on offer, which are located off the coasts of Aberdeen, Teesside, Liverpool and Lincolnshire, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) said.

The round was launched on 14 June with applications closing on 13 September.

An announcement expected last week was delayed by the period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.