Abkhazian authorities blamed miners for energy crisis

The leadership of the young republic believes that the problem of a shortage of electricity in the region is largely due to an increase in the production of cryptocurrencies.

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Despite the introduction of an official ban on mining in 2018, residents continue to actively use energy-intensive equipment using cheap electricity. The customs service claims that in the last six months alone, ASICs were imported into the country for more than $ 589 thousand.

According to the director of operational and technological management «Chernomorenergo» Ruslana Kvarchia, currently the total capacity of the equipment operating in the republic is at least 40-45 MW. With round-the-clock operation for 12 months of installations consume about 400 million kWh or more than 56% of the projected power deficit by the end of the year.

Abkhazian authorities blamed miners for energy crisis

It is noteworthy that in such conditions, the authorities do not intend to increase pressure on miners, but want to lift the ban on cryptocurrency mining activities, allowing them to work during the day. The government expects that such a move will improve communication between energy suppliers, local administrations and miners..

Unlike Abkhazia, Iran is taking more drastic measures to combat shadow mining. More than 1000 mining farms have been closed in the country since the beginning of the year.

text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: NPR

Abkhazian authorities blamed miners for energy crisis

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