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Riot reports 17K miners offline due to Texas weather

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Crypto mining agency Riot Platforms — previously Riot Blockchain — reported that 17,040 rigs deployed at its operations in Texas have been offline on account of “extreme winter climate” within the state.

In keeping with a Feb. 6 announcement, Riot reported two of the buildings at its Whinstone facility in Rockdale, Texas have been broken in December 2022 because the state skilled days of sub-zero temperatures. From Dec. 22 to Dec. 25, temperatures throughout many elements of Texas — and the USA — dropped to under freezing.

“Some sections of piping in Buildings F and G have been broken through the extreme winter storms in Texas in late December,” mentioned Riot CEO Jason Les. “On account of this injury, our beforehand introduced goal of reaching 12.5 [exahashes per second] in whole hash price capability in Q1 2023 is anticipated to be delayed.”

Les mentioned that the damages initially lowered the power’s hash price capability by 2.5 EH/s, with the corporate later capable of restore 0.6 EH/s following repairs. In keeping with Riot, there have been 82,656 rigs working with a hash price capability of 9.3 EH/s as of Jan. 31, when the corporate reported producing 740 Bitcoin (BTC) — value roughly $17 million on the time of publication.

Although many elements of the USA skilled extreme temperature drops in December amid vacation journey, main cities in Texas together with Dallas and Austin additionally went by a serious ice storm in early February. Hundreds of residents have been with out energy and lots of tree branches and limbs broke from the load of accrued ice, damaging energy strains and vehicles, and blocking roads.

It’s unclear whether or not Riot miners have been equally affected by the storm. Nevertheless, the corporate didn’t report curbing operations on account of demand on Texas’ vitality grid through the latest freeze.

Riot additionally reported promoting 700 BTC for roughly $13.7 million in January, with the corporate holding 6,978 BTC as of Jan. 31. The mining agency reported selling coins following extreme heat within the Lone Star State in July 2022.

Associated: Crypto miners in Texas shut down operations as state experiences extreme heat wave

In July 2022, Riot mentioned it planned to move a lot of its mining rigs from a New York facility to Texas in an effort to scale back the agency’s working bills. Shares of Riot inventory closed down 2.3% at $6.68 on the Nasdaq.

Cointelegraph reached out to Riot Platforms, however didn’t obtain a response on the time of publication.