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Kara Keche

Karakeche (or Kara-Keche) is a village in the Naryn Province of Kyrgyzstan. It is the site of five open cast coal mines, source of around half of Kyrgyzstan's national coal production with estimated reserves of 438 million tonnes. This coal is mostly sent to Bishkek via the railway at Balykchy. The extension of that railway all the way to Karakeche was proposed in 2013 while other reports have suggested that the mines might be offered to China in return for the construction of a trans-Kyrgyzstan railway linking Andijan, Uzbekistan with Kashgar, China.