Kara-Keche power station

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of proposed coal plants worldwide.

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.

Loading map...

Background on Plant

1,200 MW Proposal

An initial Kara-Keche power station proposal was for a 1,200 MW coal plant using coal from the Kavak brown coal deposits (Kara-Keche and Min-Kush).[1][2]

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.[3][4]

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.[5]

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."[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

As of June 2021, there have been no further known developments on the proposal and the project simply appears to be announced or shelved.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: TBD
  • Parent company:
  • Developer:
  • Location: Kara-Keche (Karakeche), Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
  • Coordinates: 41.71, 74.76 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: 1,200 MW
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Kara-Keche and Min-Kush coal deposits
  • Source of financing:
  • Permits and applications:

Articles and resources


Related GEM.wiki articles

External resources