US Bitcoin Miners Could Benefit From Low Oil Prices, Says Antonopoulos

Andreas Antonopoulos has recently said that he can see the recent downturn in oil prices as a net positive for crypto miners on a global scale. 

June 1 2020 | AtoZ Markets – Popular Bitcoin (BTC) evangelist and influencer Andreas Antonopoulos believe that the current decline in oil prices will benefit some BTC miners. In a video on his YouTube channel, Antonopoulos said that miners in the Texas Bitmain facility will reap the rewards of these cheaper costs.

How does low oil prices affect Bitcoin mining?

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic started a domino effect on world economies. Nationwide lockdowns – meaning less traveling and movement – prompted less oil consumption. At the same time, though, oil production continued with high levels.

Ultimately, the decreased demand and the large production caused price plunges not seen before as some futures, including WTI, were trading in the negative at one point.

Although WTI’s price has recovered to some extent since those historical days, oil prices are still down on a macro scale.

WTI Price 1d. Source: TradingView

Aside from cheap gasoline, Antonopoulos noted that the effect will not pass by Bitcoin mining. He argued that the declining oil prices will decrease electricity costs worldwide but “not equally worldwide.” Antonopoulos explained that the Bitcoin farm in Rockdale, Texas, opened by the Chinese manufacturer of computing chips Bitmain in October 2019, could benefit the most.

“One of the biggest new mining operations opened in the United States, in the state of Texas. I can’t imagine that this is a coincidence. It probably had a lot to do with the fact that the US had 12,000 barrels per day, and it is the largest oil producer in the world because of fracking.

Therefore, there may be really good opportunities for cheap power. This could suddenly make the US-based miners much, much more competitive and powerful.”

Chinese BTC miners among the beneficiaries

According to the Bitcoin Mining Map recently launched by a team from Cambridge University, the most populated nation in the world is responsible for 65% of Bitcoin’s hashrate.

Antonopoulos indicated that Chinese miners use primarily rigs powered by coal plants. However, he believes that the low cost of gas-fired or oil-fired power plants will urge coal-fired power plants to drop their prices as well, because “energy and electricity is a fungible commodity.” Therefore, declining oil prices could also benefit Chinese miners.

As AtoZ Markets reported, regulators in the Chinese region Sichuan is seeking to ban Bitcoin mining operations in their jurisdiction. Sichuan is home to branch offices of Bitmain, AntPool, as well as other major mining corporations.

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