Bitfury Group and South Korean R&D firm Commons Foundation are jointly launching a network of bitcoin mining operations in Paraguay.
Announcing the partnership on Thursday, Bitfury said a series of mining centers will be set up in the South American country using its BlockBox AC bitcoin mining devices. Further, the mines will be powered by two major hydroelectric power plants, Itaipu and Yacyreta.
The collaboration is a part of Commons Foundation’s Golden Goose project, backed by the government of Paraguay, which aims to establish the area as world’s largest crypto mining center given the country’s ample supply of cheap and clean electricity.
Paraguay currently only utilizes roughly half of the electricity produced by the two plants, according to Bitfury.
Sandra Otazú Vera, a senior staff attorney in Paraguay and advisor to Commons Foundation, said that Paraguay is exploring "creative ways to use emerging technologies, like blockchain and cryptocurrencies, to benefit their economy and their citizens.”
Commons Foundation is also planning to launch a cryptocurrency exchange in Paraguay later this year. The platform will integrate Bitfury’s compliance analytics platform Crystal, according to the announcement.
Bitfury, which specializes in manufacturing crypto mining infrastructure and also mines itself, is reportedly considering an initial public offering (IPO) in Amsterdam, London or Hong Kong, possibly to be held early this year.
In November 2018, the firm raised $80 million in funding led by venture capital firm Korelya Capital, with Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital, Macquarie Capital and Dentsu Inc. also participating.
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