Kara-Keche power station
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Kara-Keche power station is a proposed 600 to 1,200-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Kyrgyzstan.
The map below shows Kara-Keche (Karakeche), the approximate location where the plant would be built.
Background on Plant
1,200 MW Proposal
According to an April 2014 press report, the French company Alstom would potentially participate in building the power plant. According to Marek Stec, President of Alstom Central Asia, China's Eximbank would "probably be interested in this project." Project sponsors would be announced after bids were received.
In March 2016, the Kyrgyzstan government announced an investment competition for mining development of the brown coal deposits in Kara-Keche, as well as the construction of the 1,200 MW coal plant and connecting railway. The state would transfer to the winner the rights to the projects in exchange for a one-time or periodic (royalty) payments.
In April 2016, it was reported the tender for construction of the coal plant at the Kara-Keche coal deposit did not take place "due to the absence of applications."
In December 2016, it was reported the Kyrgyzstan government would have a consulting company conduct an international tender for development of a coal mine, power plant, and railroad worth about US$2.5 billion.
600 MW Proposal
In August 2019, Emil Osmonbetov, Chairman of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of Kyrgyzstan, met with representatives of China Energy Co. Ltd. During the meeting, the parties discussed construction project of Kara-Keche thermal power plant with a capacity of 600 MW.
In addition, when signing an agreement with the Chinese company TBEA on the modernization of the capital’s heating and power plant, the Bishkek power station, the authorities also talked about a feasibility study for a Kara-Keche power station. TBEA completed the work, having spent US$3 million on it, but nothing is known about the fate of the feasibility study.
As of March 2020, the government continues to search for investors for the proposal according to remarks by the First Deputy Prime Minister at parliament committee meeting.
As of June 2021, there have been no further known developments on the proposal and the project simply appears to be announced or shelved.
- Sponsor: TBD
- Parent company:
- Location: Kara-Keche (Karakeche), Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
- Coordinates: 41.71, 74.76 (approximate)
- Status: Shelved
- Capacity: 1,200 MW
- Start date:
- Coal Type:
- Coal Source: Kara-Keche and Min-Kush coal deposits
- Source of financing:
- Permits and applications:
Articles and resources
- "COMPLEX PROJECT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF BROWN COAL DEPOSITS KARA-KECHE AND MINKUSH (AK-ULAK SECTION)," Ministry of the Economy, 2016
- "Brief information on 'Kara-Keche' complex project," kyrgyzembs.kz, date unknown
- "Alstom may build a power plant at Kara-Keche coal deposit in Kyrgyzstan," Times of Central Asia, April 30, 2014
- "2014 the crucial year for Kyrgyz energy sector — PM," Times of Central Asia, September 17, 2014
- "Government announces investment competition for Kara-Keche coal field," 24 Press Club, March 1, 2016
- "Tender for building Kara-Keche power plant in Kyrgyzstan did not take place," The Times of Central Asia, April 20, 2016
- "Международный конкурс на Кара-Кече вместо ГКПЭН проведет консалтинговая компания," Akchabar, December 9, 2016
- "Kyrgyz industry committee, China Energy Co. Ltd discuss Kara-Keche TPP construction," AKI Press, August 1, 2019
- "Chinese company ready to build thermal power plant at Kara-Keche field," 24.kg, August 3, 2019
- "Investors for Kara-Keche TPP project still searched," AKI Press, March 17, 2020