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Abu Dhabi Cracks Down on Crypto Mining in Farms, Levies Heavy Fines

Published 05/26/2024, 07:27 PM
Updated 05/26/2024, 08:15 PM
© Reuters.  Abu Dhabi Cracks Down on Crypto Mining in Farms, Levies Heavy Fines

  • Abu Dhabi bans crypto mining on farms, citing misuse of agricultural land.
  • Violators of the new regulation in Abu Dhabi face penalties of up to Dh10,000.
  • Venezuela disconnects crypto mines from the power grid, seizing over 2,000 machines.

In a significant move to curb the misuse of agricultural sites and control excessive electricity consumption, the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (Adafsa) has announced a strict prohibition on cryptocurrency mining in farms. The announcement was made on Thursday, as confirmed by local media Khaleej Times.

Crypto mining, the mechanism for validating transactions and minting new crypto assets like Bitcoin, is known for its high electricity consumption due to the powerful computers it requires. According to the report, Adafsa’s decision comes amid concerns that the energy-intensive process of mining cryptocurrencies leads to unsustainable spikes in electricity costs, which could jeopardize farm operations.

The authority has made it clear that farmhouses are not equipped to handle the high power demands associated with cryptocurrency mining. Moreover, …

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