Through the Ministry of Energy, the Ukrainian government is reportedly planning to build Bitcoin mining centers next to its nuclear power plants to tap excess power, Data Centre Dynamics reported .
Talks Held between the Government, Power Company, and Chipset Manufacturer
Details of the cryptocurrency mining project remain scanty.
However, officials from Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy have already held talks with representatives from Energoatom–the country’s state-owned nuclear power company, Hotmine—Ukraine-based chipset manufacturer, and Yevhen Vladimirov–the deputy energy minister for digital development.
However, to move forward with this proposal, they need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for guidance.
Sources reveal that the government is considering Bitcoin data mining centers, each able to draw between 250 and 500 MW of power. Energoatom says the total energy consumption across these Bitcoin mining facilities could reach 2 GW in their projection.
Subsequently, the absorption of extra load would help reduce the cost of transmission, reduce Energoatom profits, and increase revenue to the government, according to Vladimirov.
“The idea of creating a data center based on a nuclear power plant, of course, deserves attention because the Ukrainian UES [unified energy system] has unused base capacity. The constant load on nuclear power units could bring extra profits to the state-owned Energoatom and enable businesses to operate, which will also pay taxes to the domestic budget.”
Ukraine is Nuclear Dependant
Public sources show that Ukraine is heavily reliant on nuclear which supplies half of their energy needs. It operates four nuclear plants with 15 reactors in Volhynia and South Ukraine, sourcing fuel and services from Russia and Westinghouse. In 2016, data showed that Ukraine had an installed capacity of 13 GW, ranking seventh in the world in 2016.
In Q2 2020, Olga Buslavets–the Minister of Energy, authorized the study of “possible implementation of cryptocurrency mining projects to provide additional sales markets for electricity produced by the nuclear power plant,” reports Data Center Dynamics. The result saw Energoatom signing a MoU with H2 LLC to build a $700 million Crypto mining center next to Europe’s largest power plant, Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.
As reported, Ukraine’s National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) requires Bitcoin holders to declare their holdings for tax reasons.