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Texas Bitcoin Miner Giga Energy Taps Into Argentina’s Oil Fields to Power Eco-Friendly Mining Expansion

Texas-based Bitcoin miner Giga Energy has taken a significant step towards global expansion by establishing operations in Argentina, leveraging the often-wasted energy from natural gas flaring in the country’s oil fields.

Brent Whitehead, Giga’s co-founder, expressed enthusiasm about this venture in a LinkedIn post on March 26, highlighting it as a pivotal development for the company.

He stated, “This move not only broadens our operational landscape but also aligns with our vision to mitigate flaring globally.”

The process of gas flaring involves burning off the natural gas that emerges during oil extraction, releasing methane.

Giga Energy’s innovative approach converts this methane into electricity, which is then used to power its Bitcoin mining rigs.

A novel aspect of Giga’s operation in Argentina involves placing a large shipping container filled with Bitcoin miners atop an oil well, using the excess gas to generate electricity for mining activities.

This system, as reported by CNBC on March 26, is set to significantly enhance Giga’s mining capabilities.

Located in the province of Mendoza, Giga’s Argentinian mining site began testing in December and has mined Bitcoin worth between $200,000 and $250,000.

Despite this early success, co-founder Matt Lohstroh told CNBC that the operation is awaiting the importation of additional equipment to fully scale its activities and achieve profitability.

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Argentina is notable for having the world’s second-largest shale gas reserve, a factor that underscores the potential of Giga’s venture in the country.

Beyond economic benefits, the operation aims to reduce methane emissions, contributing to environmental sustainability.

Brent Whitehead emphasized the ecological impact, noting that by harnessing stranded natural gas for energy-intensive computing, Giga is actively reducing global methane emissions.

Collaborating with IT services company Exa Tech for onsite operations and Phoenix Global Resources for gas supply, Giga Energy is set to make a considerable impact.

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Since its inception in 2019, Giga has installed 150 megawatts of mining containers in Texas and Shanghai.

This expansion coincides with the anticipation of the Bitcoin halving event, expected to occur around April 20, which will reduce the mining reward and possibly shift global mining activities to regions with lower electricity costs.

Jaran Mellerud, founder and chief mining strategist at Hashlabs Mining, identified Argentina and Paraguay as promising locations for Bitcoin mining in South America, reflecting the strategic importance of Giga Energy’s new venture.

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