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Another Bitcoin Mining Giant Invests in New Texas Facility Ahead of Halving

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In Brief

  • Hut 8 invests $17.3 million in a Texas crypto mining site, months before the next Bitcoin halving event.
  • CEO Asher Genoot implements cost-saving strategies, reducing construction expenses by $11.3 million.
  • The company's in-house development team is estimating over 40% savings on development compared to industry benchmarks.
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Crypto mining company Hut 8 disclosed its plan to invest $17.3 million in establishing a new crypto mining facility in Texas. This is a favored place for Bitcoin mining companies due to its competitive energy and land prices.

Anticipating the launch of operations in the early second quarter of this year, aligning with the Bitcoin halving event around the same time, Hut 8 aims to integrate miners into the new site quickly.

This Crypto Mining Company Has Cut its Costs By Millions

Asher Genoot, CEO of Hut 8, clarified that by implementing efficient cost-saving strategies, the company slashed the projected construction expenses for the site from $29 million to $17.3 million, achieving significant savings of approximately $11.3 million.

“Our in-house development team enables us to build quickly and cost-effectively. Compared to the benchmark of approximately $460,000 per MW set by recent acquisitions in the area, our all-in cost to design and build the Culberson County site is expected to be less than $275,000 per MW. This represents a savings of more than 40%.”

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This comes amid analysts discussing the potential impact of the upcoming Bitcoin halving on mining company profitability. The halving reduces rewards for transactions, mitigating asset inflation.

Bitcoin halving estimate countdown. Source: NiceHash
Bitcoin halving estimate countdown. Source: NiceHash

However, BeInCrypto recently reported that the halving is expected to double the average cost to mine one Bitcoin, ranging between $30,000 to $60,000.

Hut 8 Building Crypto Mining Site in Time for Bitcoin Halving

So, this could be a make-or-break moment for many major Bitcoin mining companies. Just two years ago, BeInCrypto reported that Core Scientific experienced financial troubles due to the rising cost of running a Bitcoin mining operation, with its profits rising at a lower rate.

In October 2022, Core Scientific stated in a filing with the SEC that the board had decided that the company would not make payments over two months.

Read more: How To Build a Mining Rig: A Step-by-Step Guide

However, numerous analysts anticipate institutional adoption, including Bitcoin ETF approval, to drive Bitcoin prices higher, potentially increasing profitability for mining companies.

Meanwhile, BeInCrypto reported on February 27 that analysts project Bitcoin’s market cap could hit $1.5 trillion post-ETF approval, reflecting increased adoption.

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Ciaran Lyons
Ciaran is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He particularly enjoys writing about CBDC developments and the practical implementations of cryptocurrency in real-world scenarios. He has also appeared across major television networks in Australia including Channel Ten, Channel Nine and SBS TV. Prior to his foray into cryptocurrency, Ciaran worked as a presenter on national radio station Triple J.