The two preferred bidders in the UK's £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage Commercialisation Programme Competition have been announced today.

They are the Peterhead Project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and the White Rose Project in Yorkshire, England.

CCS technology, if developed at scale, could allow the safe removal and storage of harmful carbon emissions from coal and gas fired power stations and heavy industry, to help the UK meet its climate change targets.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey said:

"Today's announcement moves us a significant step closer to a Carbon Capture and Storage industry - an industry which will help reduce carbon emissions and create thousands of jobs."

For more information, see the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change website: