Two tug boats and a Pilot Boat accompanied a large barge as it headed past Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning (September 10th).

The pontoon barge was carrying an abnormal load and passed Stert Island before travelling along Bridgwater Bay and along the River Parrett.

A harbour master spokesperson said the abnormal load was a 178-tonne transformer which was heading to Sandford Substation.

The Sandford substation – one of 300 substations throughout England and Wales – is at the heart of the Hinkley Connection Project, a new 57 km high-voltage electricity line that will connect six million homes and businesses to new sources of low carbon energy.

Pictured: The scene on Friday morning ( / Nick Whetstone)

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