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US Defence Department Facility to Become Crypto Mining Data Center

A Nevada-based cryptocurrency investment company is planning to convert a US Department of Defense facility into crypto mining data center.

The company, Wuhan General Group (China) Inc, has seized the opportunity to use the redundant facility, originally called the Defense Department Data Center, for its mining project which will eventually be able to tap into a power supply able to support a total of 1,300 mining rigs.

Amid stiff competition around the world, companies are finding it increasingly difficult to find locations suitable for Bitcoin mining. The US has seen a flurry of activity this year with numerous outmoded plants being readapted for crypto mining.

Many aluminum sites around the country have been readapted towards utilization for mining. Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC), with customers in China, the United States, Europe and Brazil, have notably seen some of their old operational US sites for aluminum processing go.

Bitmain has been creating mining supersites, mining farms on a scale never seen before. Other major cryptocurrency mining firms like Coinmint are also building similar sites. Ramy Kamaneh, Wuhan General Group’s CEO, maintains that it was just a matter of time before the company seized the opportunity to become another overseas company to mine in the US:

“We had planned to build this operation three months ago, but with the bearish cryptocurrency market, we took a step back to reassess our strategy. The decision to wait for market stability was a good one, especially considering many cryptocurrency machines are no longer profitable in the current market.”

Once negotiations have been completed, the first 1,300 rigs will be installed in October, followed by the potential to add 12,000 more rigs in 2019. The initial installation according to the company should create a monthly revenue of USD 3.5 million.

The challenge for industrial-scale crypto mining in the US as the sector moves forwards is to develop more sustainable methods of operating, such as utilizing more hydroelectricity. A good example of how this can be both profitable and ecologically sound is DPW Holdings new Installation at Valatie Falls, New York, and geothermal plants in Iceland.

 

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Aluminium Sites Revamped As Search for Crypto Mining Locations Increase

It appears that old Alcoa aluminium facilities are being put to good use, as one more is now earmarked for cryptocurrency mining.

Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC), with customers in China, the United States, Europe, and Brazil are letting some of their old operational US sites for aluminium processing go. The last to be utilised for a completely different type of product was the company’s aluminium smelting facility in New York State with crypto company Coinmint’s new installation making it one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency mining centers.

The smelting plant in Upstate New York has signed a deal with Coinmint, offering the facility on a 10-year lease, with an option for renewal. The cryptocurrency mining company is investing about USD 700 million into this new facility which is expected to bring in over 150 new jobs to the nearby town of Massena.

Bitmain is now in on the action, using a $500 million investment to construct another facility for crypto mining in Rochdale, Texas. The new operation is said to be viable for 7 years, adding to the local and state economy. According to Bitmain’s press release, the new construction on the old Alcoa Rockdale Operations site is underway and hopefully be ready in early 2019. The new Bitmain facility will be bringing 400 local jobs to the economy in the first 2 years.

The company is already recruiting employees for its data center in Rochdale and is seeking senior management, sales and finance specialists, engineers and technicians. Bitmain also plans to work with local schools and educational programs in order to prime locals for possible employment over the next few years as the data center develops and expands. Jeff Stearns, executive vice president and director of operations at the company, commented:

“Bitmain is truly honored to announce this news and is excited to work with local partners, government and stakeholders in realizing this vision, throughout the initial set-up phase, operations and beyond.”

Amid stiff competition around the world, companies are finding it increasingly difficult to find locations suitable for Bitcoin mining. The revamped Alcoa plant promises to be a boon for this particular local community at least.

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