Tug boats accompany 178 T transformer as it passes Burnham-on-Sea
UK, Burnham-on-Sea: Two tug boats and a Pilot Boat accompanied a large barge as it headed past Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning (10 September).
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 T 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.
The Hinkley Connection Project is a new high-voltage electricity connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth. It is a significant investment in the region’s electricity network and will enable us to connect new sources of low-carbon energy to homes and businesses, including Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy’s new nuclear power station in Somerset.
It will play a vital role in delivering electricity efficiently, reliably, and safely and will support the UK’s ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The new connection will be 57 km long – consisting of 48.5 km of overhead line and 8.5 km of underground cable through the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.