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China’s Coal Standoff Causes Power Shortages, Chinese Bitcoin Miners ‘Heavily Affected’

Regional reports from China detail that bitcoin miners located in certain areas in South China are running short on electricity. The country has been having massive issues with coal prices soaring across the mainland, as the Chinese government hasn’t been allowing coal carriers into ports. Because of the sweeping electrical shortages, mining activities have been threatened by emergency power rationing measures.

This week, while bitcoin (BTC) prices touched all-time highs and the overall network hashrate has been soaring, reports detail that Chinese miners have had issues with electrical shortages. Financial columnist for 8btc.com, Lylian Teng, detailed that while miners are dealing with mining rig and component shortages, electricity is also lacking in some parts of China as well.

Teng’s report details that the reason for the electricity issues is due to the Chinese government’s standoff with the world’s biggest coal countries. Sailors from coal carriers have been stranded for months on end and Teng said “provinces in South China have implemented emergency power rationing measures.”

“Under such circumstances, power-hungry bitcoin mining activities are the most heavily affected,” Teng explained. “In addition to the trade frictions between China and Australia, it is said that due to the extremely cold weather in Russia this year, Russia has cut off the electricity transmission to China, and the regions that use Russian electricity are concentrated in south China, which will only exacerbate pressure on the power supply in China.”

Bitcoin (BTC) recently touched a high of $28,378 per unit on December 27, 2020, but has dropped some after the recent high. On Sunday, the overall hashrate has been riding high between 130 to 145 exahash per second (EH/s). On Sunday afternoon, the network difficulty was hovering at around 18.67T (18,670,168,558,399) but also changed today hitting just a tad lower at 18.65T.

With 18 mining operations dedicating processing power to the BTC network, a lion’s share of the top miners in terms of exahash per second, stem from China. F2pool commands the most hashrate with 19.7% of the distribution or 25.9EH/s. This is followed by Binance Pool (16.15 EH/s), Antpool (13.11 EH/s), Viabtc (12.80 EH/s), and Btc.com (11.89 EH/s).

Despite recent reports that China was losing its share of BTC processing power, Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI) map shows China still commands 65% of the hashrate today. While some small miners may be suffering from electrical shortages, the overall SHA256 hashrate worldwide is still humming away at higher than average speeds.

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