The Russians didn't buy it Hitachi did. Those stories are from last year
"Horizon Nuclear Power is a UK energy company developing a new generation of nuclear power stations. A wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi,Ltd., we plan to provide at least 5,200MW of new power station capacity to the UK, enough to power around 10 million homes."
Hitachi have started the GDA process for their Advanced Boiling Water Reactor here in the UK.
GE-Hitachi is trying to sell its sodium cooled fast reactor to the NDA for burning our plutonium waste.
But there is lots of expensive nuclear fuel reprocessing either side of the reactor.
Going the molten salt route is cheaper and will give us more engineering options in the long term. I think it is the only technology for which a fully private sector funding model could be possible.
A lot more rare earth metal mining would be possible if we found a use for the Thorium extracted as a by-product.
It may be possible to start a thorium molten salt reactor by temporarily adding some corrosion resistant nuclear fuel pebbles containing sufficient Plutonium 240, to produce enough spontaneous fissions to begin the process of breeding Uranium 233 from Thorium, without needing to contaminate the molten salt itself with lots of plutonium.
Once enough Uranium 233 has been bred, plutonium waste could be burnt up inside pebbles added to a running thorium reactor. That way we could concentrate on developing clean burn Thorium technologies (that produce very little plutionium and other actinide waste) and possibly have a complementary and independently engineered technique to gradually burn through large parts of our plutonium stockpile.
Since I have no UK investors at the moment, I will gladly accept research and development inward investment cash from European, American, Russian, Chinese or Japanese Companies that want to set up molten salt nuclear research facilities here in the UK.
We have everything we need here in Britain to get the job done, imagination, ideas, engineering expertise, experience with using molten salts etc., well everything that is apart from the cash.