The Government of Iran has recently approved crypto mining operations by power plants in the country. According to reports, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, who serves as Deputy Head of the Power Generation , Distribution and Transmission Company of the country, or Tavanir, has confirmed the approval as he addressed the IRNA on Monday 27 July.
Iran is setting up a Bitcoin mining hub after the country’s subsidized electricity consumption and now miners are setting up a camp. Mashhadi further outlined the regulations that power plants must adhere to in order to operate cryptocurrency mining operations in the Islamic country.
Power plants must comply with set crypto mining operations tariffs
According to Mashhadi, power plants are expected to apply for crypto mining licenses to run their operation. Licenses are to be given to individual power plants by the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade.
Power plants are also required to fully comply with set tariffs on electricity consumption as far as crypto mining is concerned. Recent data show just how cheap miners pay for electricity consumption in Iran where one kilowatt of electricity is charged for as low as $0.01 to $ 0.05. The rates are expected to quadruple during the summer season, a situation that forced Tavanir to announce that the Iranian government had decided to reduce up to 47% on all tariffs on the electricity consumption by miners more so during the high seasons.
Allegedly 14 cryptocurrency miners have recently obtained crypto mining licenses to operate in the country. Each of them will have an electrical capacity of 300 megawatts. It is also worth noting that more than 1,000 more licenses have already been issued with permits.
Mashhadi also urged the general public to report any illegal crypto mining operations to the authorities, promising that the government would provide a reward for their actions.
Iranian president proposes a Muslim digital currency
Iran’s commander in chief, Hassan Rouhani has rallied Muslim faithfuls to unite; and come up with their very own Muslim cryptocurrency. He has also voiced his support for a national crypto mining project that he believes will further propel the country to thrive economically amid the current U.S sanctions that face them.