Mining Companies Approached Quebec

Miners are hoping to take advantage of Canadian electric utility Hydro-Quebec cheap rates
17 February 2018   1580

During an interview with CTV News Montreal, spokesman Marc-Antoine Pouliot told that more than 100 crypto mining companies approached Hydro-Quebec. Few of them have already settled there.

According to Pouliot, some farms would consume more than 20x the power required for Montreal's sports and entertainment complex, The Bell Centre.

One project like that isn't a problem, but now we're talking hundreds.

Marc-Antoine Pouliot

Spokesman

Hydro-Quebec is attracting mining companies to the province with its low rates, but the cheap energy and cold weather - ideal for keeping mining machines cool.

Pouliot stated that Hydro-Quebec has a surplus of energy, which makes miners interesting clients. Taking this into account, Hydro-Quebec may raise energy rates for crypto businesses.

Bitmain to Close Norwegian Office

Main reason for this decision was the cancellation by the local authorities of special preferential conditions for the mining industry
18 March 2019   61

The Chinese manufacturer of mining equipment Bitmain announced the closure of the Norwegian division, according to ICOshock.

The office will be moved to Germany, where, according to representatives of Bitmain, the conditions are more favorable. The Scandinavian office of a Chinese company lasted only a year.

According to Julie Hvideberg, ex-manager of the Norwegian division of Bitmain, the main reason for this decision was the cancellation by the local authorities of special preferential conditions for the mining industry, including lower electricity tariffs. She also expressed the opinion that in the future the largest mining pools will be concentrated in China and Russia, where there is low-cost electricity.

Last year the problem with problems with regulators was faced by the Norwegian mining farm Kryptovault. Authorities and local residents considered the company too noisy.