The American company Compass Mining plans to sell bitcoin mining equipment worth 30 million dollars, which is currently located in Siberia. The decision to sell the mining equipment came after the U.S. government sanctioned the Bitcoin bitcoin mining operation and ten subsidiaries. The compass hopes to relieve 12 megawatts of capacity, says the company’s executive director.
Compass hopes to sell 12 MW of bitcoin mining capacity in Russia to pay customers
According to Compass Mining CEO Whit Gibbs, the company is selling $ 30 million worth of mining equipment currently based in Siberia. Speaking with Bloomberg on Friday, Gibbs explained that the company hopes to be able to raise funds from the sale to pay off approximately 2,000 customers.
Kompas offers hosting services, and mining equipment in Siberia was owned by customers who rent hosting space. During the last year before the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, Russia became a preferred “hotspot” for bitcoin miners because electricity in the country is much cheaper than most regions around the world.
For example, electricity tariffs in the Russian Federation, Siberia and Norilsk, electricity costs can be as much as $ 0.03 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). However, after the Ukrainian-Russian war began, Russian cryptocurrency mining began to be assessed as a way for the country to avoid sanctions and one of the largest gatherings of ethereum mining. stopped servicing Russian citizens.
American miners are feeling the financial constraints caused by sanctions
Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned a bitcoin mining company based in Russia, Bitriver and ten subsidiaries associated with the operation. Bitriver and its affiliates have been placed on the Special Purpose Nation (SDN) list, which means that no U.S. person or company can conduct transactions with certain entities.
Compass Mining’s decision to sell $ 30 million in mining equipment followed the addition of Bitriver to OFAC’s SDN list. Gibbs detailed that American miners were affected by financial constraints caused by sanctions. “I understand sanctions; in this case, the penalty is too great for American miners, “Gibbs told Bloomberg on Friday.
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