New Restrictions for Crypto Mining considered in Quebec

Quebec is to continue examining applications after a number of new rules and restrictions have been instituted
08 June 2018   566

After being well-known as a crypto miners` hotspot for several months, the Canadian province of Quebec poised the acceptance for any new crypto mining projects on Thursday, June 6. The province can start the approval of new mining projects after it has taken the necessary period to consider placing restrictions on their operations and increase electricity rates. Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Moreau in his report claimed that the new rules are aimed to welcome only “the best among the [crypto mining] companies” to the province; Hydro-Québec Distribution President Eric Filion affirmed that the restrictions are to defend Quebec citizens from having to pay higher rates for the electricity they use.

As reported by Reuters, Quebec government started the suspension when the state-owned Hydro Quebec power plant had demanded that the province confined the general amount of power available to all crypto miners in the region to 500 megawatts; 17,000 megawatts were required by crypto miners for their purposes.

Hydro Quebec has also begged Quebec’s energy board to regard placing a premium on energy sold to cryptocurrency miners in order to grow the province’s profits. Applications for the establishment of mining rigs in Quebec from companies in China and other countries have increased after many of the world’s governments ran  placing restrictions on the amounts of electricity that crypto miners are let for using. Quebec’s availability of (mostly) sustainably-produced, inexpensive electricity joined  with its political stability has made this region a very attractive for foreign miners.

The suspension announcement follows just a week after Quebec lifted a prohibition that prevented energy firms from supplying crypto-mining operations with any electricity. The province’s government was reportedly disquieted that the ban went too far, and suppressed the growth of the crypto industry in Canada.

Bitmain May Earn Less Than Expected

Twitter users reports that Jihan Wu's team lowered the company's 2018 projected revenue from $ 8 billion to $ 3 billion
21 August 2018   102

A Twitter user BTCKING555 reported that his sources inside Bitmain, the largest manufacturer of mining equipment, say that Jihan Wu's team lowered the company's 2018 projected revenue from $ 8 billion to $ 3 billion.

BTCKING555 Twitter
BTCKING555 Twitter

At the same time he @'ed the strategic director of Blockstream Samson Mow and the famous crypto-enthusiast Whale Panda, who shared this information. It is noteworthy that Mow wrote that his sources confirm the statement of BTCKING555.

Samson Mow Twitter
Samson Mow Twitter

BTCKING555 also noted potential investors of Bitmain on the upcoming IPO - Sequoia Capital, IDG Capital and Temasek.

It was previously reported that losses in the second quarter of Bitmain could amount to $ 1 billion due to the large position of Bitcoin Cash and the Antminer S9 price drop.

Also, Japanese media corporation SoftBank denied information about its participation in financing Bitmain before the IPO.