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Kazakhstan busts 13 illegal crypto mining farms in an aim to solve electricity woes

Kazakhstan has seen some heavy traffic in terms of crypto activity after China’s crackdown on crypto operations. However, after some time, it became clear that the electric grid in Kazakhstan can’t keep up with such a colossal demand that crypto mining machines generate. To curb this, authorities in Kazakhstan are looking out for any illegal activity related to crypto mining.

Local departments of the Committee for Atomic and Energy Supervision in Kazakhstan have carried out some inspections. These inspections were mostly about identifying illegal crypto mining operations in the country. Besides them, members of the country’s law enforcement and other government agencies took part in joint checks.

According to the department’s press release, they’ve stopped 13 mining farms till now. Their statement talked about their inspections for the last five days:

“As a result of the inspections over the past 5 days, mobile groups have identified and stopped 13 mining farms with a total consumption of 202 MW.”

All these illegal mining farms resided in different regions of the country. The authorities found mining equipment worth over 31 MW in the Karaganda region, about 22 MW in the Pavlodar. Besides this, they found some unplugged hardware of about 3.28 MW in Turkistan region, 1.03 MW in Akmola region, 0.82 MW in Kostanay region and 4 MW in Shymkent region.

Also, the ministry has released details about some miners introducing “self-restrictions”. These restrictions were for a total capacity of 91 MW in the West Kazakhstan region. Finally, there is a self-restriction of about 44 MW in Karaganda.

Moreover, inspectors will continue their efforts in detecting and disconnecting illegal crypto farms.

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