There are 5 or 6 countries that have an approximate 5 year plan for an MSR prototype. They are China, South Africa a joint venture between Australia and Czechoslovakia, maybe France and maybe Japan. And maybe the US. FLIBE Energy in the US is hoping for a deal with the Military which would let them get a prototype faster than waiting for approval and laws to be changed. The UK has interest too and may invest outside their country for their first shot. Information updates cam be found at http://thoriummsr.com or http://energyfromthorium.com and http://thoriumenergyalliance.com which is having their TEAC4 conference in Chicago May 31st and June 1st. The recent steps taken in US engineer John Kutsch is fighting to have a law changed that will allow mining of Thorium. The mining of rare earth metals is monopolized by China. It’s time for a change.
Japan had an interesting concept to power cargo ships with mini Thorium Molten Salt Reactors. They were being called Mini Fujis.
Another milestone is the creation of the Weinberg Foundation in England started with the support of Bryony Worthington.
ThEC12 will be held in Shanghai at the Hope Hotel, Shanghai, China October 29- November 1, 2012.