The UK has received 26 bids in its first carbon storage licensing round.

Nineteen companies expressed interest in the 13 areas on offer, which are located off the coasts of Aberdeen in north-east Scotland, Teesside in north-east England, Liverpool in north-west England and Lincolnshire in east England, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) said.

The round was launched on 14 June and applications closed on 13 September.

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