Decommissioning of the Harwell Site Discharge Pipeline

The Harwell Site discharge pipeline was installed in the late 1940s by the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE) from Harwell Site to the River Thames at Sutton Courtenay. It was used to discharge treated water into the river; discharges were carried out under permitted authorisations until operations stopped in March 2013.

Now that the pipeline is no longer required, Magnox is removing it. This will allow the permitted authorisation and access rights over the land to be extinguished.

The discharge point on the River Thames behind Mill House was the first section to be removed at the end of 2013. Since then a further 4.75kms of pipeline have been removed from the Harwell site to a point south of Sutton Courtenay village.

A further 1.6kms of pipe from Frilsham Street to Appleford Road, via Old Wallingford Way, Churchmere Road, and All Saints Lane remain to be removed.

Read more about the project to remove the pipeline.