Argo Blockchain facility in West Texas expects to start mining Bitcoin in May

In a Thursday announcement on Twitter, Argo said it expects to begin mining operations at its Helios facility in Dickens County, Texas starting next week. The announcement came more than a year after the mining firm purchased a 320-acre land plot to construct the facility, first breaking ground on the 200-megawatt data center in July 2021.

Argo CEO Peter Wall told Cointelegraph the facility was built in Dickens County due to access to renewable energy sources in the company’s aim to “mine Bitcoin in the most eco-friendly way possible.” As of August 2021, the company said that its crypto operations had become “climate positive” for some classifications of greenhouse gas emissions, with a plan to eventually become carbon neutral.

“A lot of [the available power] is somewhat stranded, meaning there is not a lot of local demand or local load to use that power, so we felt that this was a strong opportunity to help stabilize the grid,” said Wall.

The mining facility will be running with 20,0000 Bitmain S19J Pro rigs, which Argo said will be installed and made operational in stages between May and October. Argo’s initial power capacity at the data center will be 200 MW, with access to an additional 600 MW “in the coming years.” The company expects a hash rate of 5.5 exahashes per second by the end of 2022, anticipating the additional power capacity introduced later will produce 20 EH/s.

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