Crypto miners in Kazakhstan flee over aging electricity infrastructure

Time:2022-01-07 Source: 955 views Mining Copy share

Kazakhstan’s crypto mining industry was initially boosted by China’s tightening grip on digital asset regulation.

But, some seven months down the line, it’s emerging that Kazakh-based miners are fed-up with electricity shortages. Some miners report nearing bankruptcy due to the national grid’s inability to supply consistent power.

Just as the country was emerging as a significant global crypto mining hub, it seems as though things have gone south as miners begin to leave.

Kazakhstan initially benefited from China crypto ban
China banned financial institutions from dealing with crypto transactions in May this year. In the months following, Chinese authorities have become increasingly hardline on the matter.

In September, a statement from the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) said all crypto activities are now illegal.

As expected, people circumvent rules, for example, turning to DEXes and P2P exchanges. And in some cases continuing to use crypto exchanges via VPNs and foreign registered details.

In response, the PBoC vowed to crack down on all loopholes, including labeling the use of overseas exchanges as “illegal financial activity.” They say this is justified because digital currency “endangers the safety of people’s assets.”

“Overseas virtual currency exchanges that use the internet to offer services to domestic residents is also considered illegal financial activity.”

The upshot to all of this has been a massive slowdown in crypto activity in China, most notably in the drop in mining hashrate coming out of China.

Data from the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index shows a significant tail off in Bitcoin hashrate from China in May. At the same time, Kazakhstan’s hashrate went from 11.9 Eh/s in May, almost doubling to 21.9 Eh/s in August.

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