A preliminary agreement to store carbon dioxide in the depleted Viking gas field off the east coast of England has been signed by gas field owner ConocoPhillips (www.conocophillips.com) and U.K. coal producer Powerfuel plc (www.powerfuel.plc.uk), according to a report by Industrial Info Resources (www.industrialinfo.com). The deal paves the way for carbon captured from Powerfuel”s proposed 900-megawatt (MW) coal-fired integrated gas combined cycle (IGCC) plant in Hatfield, South Yorkshire, to be stored deep under the seabed.

Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) demonstration projects have gained prominence in recent years as carbon emitters worldwide face carbon cap regulations.