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Here is the revised news article: Why Ethiopia is Emerging As The New Bitcoin Mining Hub

Ethiopia has emerged as an attractive destination for Bitcoin miners with lower energy costs and government support fueling the migration.

Lower Energy Costs Drive Miners

According to reports, Bitcoin miners from China and other countries are setting up operations in Ethiopia following energy agreements with local power companies.

Last year, mining equipment including high-powered computers were placed at electric substations connected to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, signifying a shift from other locations.

Bitcoin miners now aim to expand Ethiopian operations to rival those in Texas, which became a hub after China’s mining ban.

Favorable Climate And Policies

Ethan Vera of Luxor Technology identifies Ethiopia as one of the top mining locations currently. Nou Xu of the China Digital Mining Association cites Ethiopia’s government policies and energy costs as attractive to Chinese miners.

Ethiopian power companies have signed agreements with 21 Bitcoin mining companies, 19 of them from China. Ethiopia’s electricity capacity, boosted by dams and renewables, could soon rival Texas in terms of capacity.

The GERD project is set to double Ethiopia’s power capacity to 5.3 gigawatts. Crypto miners are drawn to Ethiopia’s environmental conditions, with ideal mining temperatures averaging 41-77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Regulatory Uncertainty Remains

While Ethiopia seeks new revenue and foreign currency, around half the population faces energy problems, which could affect the government’s stance on mining.

Nemo Senret, CEO of QRB Labs, discusses the regulatory challenges in Ethiopia and the uncertainty miners feel about the future.

“Ethiopia is heavily regulated, introducing a new sector like this has been a big challenge, and we’ve been working for the last two years to get all the necessary permissions from the government.”

In summary, while Ethiopia’s lower costs and climatic advantages are attracting miners, regulatory uncertainties remain that could impact the long-term viability of mining operations. Ethiopia will need to balance its goal of economic growth with addressing the energy needs of its population.


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