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   1505

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.

Argo to Report on Mining Profitability Increase in Q2

It was also reported that by the end of June, company owns about £ 3 million in crypto assets, which is 7.7% higher than expected
03 July 2019   239

The British mining company Argo Blockchain published a financial report for the second quarter of 2019, according to which its revenues increased significantly in the second quarter, exceeding its own expectations.

So, in comparison with the previous report, published in early June, the income from mining Argo Blockchain increased by 24%. The increase in profitability from mining at the same time turned out to be proportional to the increase in the Bitcoin price observed during the recent period.

The Company now expects to generate 161 BTC, or GBP1.38m of cryptoassets, in June based on a BTC price of $10,817.16 USD as of 30 June 2019. This is an increase of approximately 101% from the Company's May mining results and represents a mining margin of roughly 81%. The Company considers that this demonstrates that the Company is one of the most efficient miners in the market.
 

Argo Blockchain Team

Argo Blockchain also said that as of the end of June, the company owns about £ 3 million in cryptocurrency assets, which is 7.7% higher than expected.

Also Argo Blockchain intends to expand its activities. In particular, the company plans to deploy another 2500 miners in Quebec by the end of the third quarter, which is also expected to significantly increase revenues.

Our better-than-expected mining performance reflects both improving industry conditions as well as Argo's business strategy, which has enabled it to rapidly ramp up operations and thereby take full advantage of the upturn. As a result, we enter the third quarter with a strong momentum to deliver further growth and improving mining efficiency.
 

Mike Edwards

Executive chairman, Argo

It should be noted Argo Blockchain was the first cryptocurrency company, the placement of shares of which was approved by the London Stock Exchange last June.