The report shines a little more light on India's plans.
The Deccan Herald describes the reactor as a "research reactor" based on designs form Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai, led by R K Sinha, chairman of India's Atomic Energy Commission. It will use a "heavy water" coolant. Heavy water reactors - associated with Canada - use water that includes an isotope of hydrogen known as deuterium. Heavy water reactors can can make more efficient use of fuel than can standard water-cooled reactors.
Nevertheless, thorium supporters say that thorium is safer and less weapons-prone even in a more conventional reactor design, such as in India's case.
India's thorium reactor will be 300 megawatts. That's small compared to the gigawatt-plus size of many conventional nuclear reactors. But it's large scaled compared to the capacity that renewables plants like solar or wind could provide.
"Many countries with small power grids of up to 5,000 MW are looking for 300MW reactors," Sinha told The Guardian at the time. "Our reactors are smaller, cheaper, and very price competitive."
The November Guardian story indicated that construction would begin around 2013-14, slightly earlier than what the Deccan Herald stated last week.
India's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is named after the late Homi Jehangir Bhabha, who framed a plan in the 1960s for a thorium-based nuclear future in India, a country which possesses a lot of naturally occurring thorium in its beach sands.
Watch for more thorium postings from me, following my recent participation in a thorium committee meeting in British Parliament, and as I prepare to travel to a thorium conference in Chicago at the end of the month. I also hope to bring you a review of Richard Martin's forthcoming salute to thorium, "Superfuel," due out in June from Palgrave MacMillan.
Photos: Kerala sunset from Dominic Scaglione via Flickr. Homi Bhabha from Konrad Jacobs/Oberwalfach Photo Collection via Wikimedia Commons.