Coinmint opens Bitcoin Mining Complex in Upstate New York

Crypto mining firm Coinmint declared it is to open a cryptocurrency mining plant in an abandoned smelter previously used by Alcoa in Massena (New York)
08 June 2018   1889

Coinmint received the approval in January of this year to found a Bitcoin mining farm in the 1,300-acre facility that was once an aluminum smelting plant in Massena, New York. Alcoa hold the plant before shuttering its operations in 2013. Then Alcoa had been looking for new renters for the facility.  Coinmint secured a 10-year lease agreement with Alcoa, plus an option to renew. As claimed by the company, in the next 18 months it will put up to $700 Million in the project. 

The 1300-acre, 435-megawatt site in Massena, New York, maintains the largest capacity from a digital currency data center in the world. In addition to the $50+ million USD of investment to date, the company will invest up to $700 million USD in its new site, creating an estimated 150 plus jobs over the next 18 months.
Coinmint,
Official Statement

Mining operations are already kept in the facility and will go on under the leading of a new Coinmint subsidiary, the North Country Data Center Corporation. The firm is aimed on investing about $700 million in repurposing the plant into one of the largest Bitcoin mining centers in the world. The 435-Megawatt complex is supposed to be accomplished in the next one year.

The area’s citizens and its hydroelectric power - a green alternative to the less sustainable energies used at other digital asset infrastructure data centers were the catalyst for our move and will be foundational assets for continued expansion. The reduced electricity costs will enable us to compete in the rapidly emerging digital currency global marketplace.
Kyle Carlton,
Spokesman, Coinmint

The BTC price has substantially decreased in 2018. Nevertheless, it seems miners aren’t scared off from continuing to mine this cryptocurrency. Actually, the price of BTC has fallen by more than 30 percent since the end of negotiations between Alcoa and Coinmint.

BTC Futures Didn't Collapse Market in 2017, - CME

According to the managing director of CME Group, they "didn’t have that wherewithal, that ability to drive that impact"
14 November 2019   147

Tim McCourt, managing director of CME Group, has denied the widespread theory that the alleged launch of regulated bitcoin futures caused a market crash after the 2017 rally.

A lot of times, people ask us, ‘Did futures cause the price to decline from $20,000 to $3,000?’ And the answer is ‘no,’.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Group

He recalled that at first the turnover of bitcoin futures on CME was 1,100 contracts, which is equivalent to 5300-5500 BTC or about $ 100 million at prices at the end of 2017.

There is no way over that period of time, given the size of the Bitcoin market, in terms of spot trading or the ability to mine Bitcoin, that futures could cause that impact. These things are governed by the law of supply and demand. We just didn’t have that wherewithal, that ability to drive that impact.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Group

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Bitcoin Futures was launched on December 18, 2017. A day earlier, the price of bitcoin reached a historic high in the region of $ 20,000, but soon plummeted.

Despite the sharp change of mood and the bear market, the volume of bitcoin futures trading on CME grew - by May of this year, the average daily turnover reached 13,600 contracts, corresponding to 68,000 BTC or $ 515 million at the exchange rate at that time.

We certainly play a role in the price discovery because people can freely express their demand to buy and sell at CME and transact with one another, but I wouldn’t necessarily say we are impacting price.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Group

Among other things, a CME representative said that he is an ardent supporter of Bitcoin ETF and hopes to see such products on the market soon.

ETF providers and asset managers are our customers at CME. They use our futures products to create other ETFs, to hedge structure projects, and we’re certainly trying to enable them to do the same type of strategy on Bitcoin. We want to make sure they have the risk-management tools they need to be successful in managing their risk. We’re working with them to make sure they have what they need for trying to introduce products such as an ETF.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Grou

Recently, Christopher Giancarlo, the former head of the Commodity Exchange Commodity Trading Commission (CFTC), said recently that the launch of the CME Bitcoin Futures was a targeted action by the Donald Trump administration to eliminate the bubble in the cryptocurrency market.