On Thursday, the Iranian Ministry of Energy announced that it would halt the withdrawal of the digital currency.Bitcoin“; This is followed by the increasing consumption of electrical energy, and has been hindered for a long time in many cities.
A spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Energy, Mustafa Rajabi Mashhadi, told reporters that “more than 1,600 bitcoin centers have been collected across the country,” adding that “these centers are not licensed by the authorities.”
“So far 1622 unlicensed centers have been collected to extract the bitcoin digital currency symbol,” said Mashhadi, noting that the power consumption in these centers is around 260 MW.
Mashhadi confirmed the continued legal and judicial confrontation with these centers, pointing to “the current cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to identify and deal with these centers in large numbers through the Internet”.
Regarding the recent power outages in some Iranian cities, he said: “Although the outage rate was small, it had a huge impact due to the heavy dependence of life on electricity.”
The head of the Iranian president’s office, Mahmoud Waizi, announced on Wednesday that Hasan Rouhani had ordered intelligence and interior ministries to deal with unauthorized power users to remove currency symbols.
The problem of power cuts in Iran began with the night traffic ban scheme, with the closure of roads and highways in Tehran, Qom, Mashhad, Rasht, Mazandaran, Zahedan and others.
But two days ago, with the closure of large areas in Tehran and major cities in Iran, the issue surfaced in a big way.
Iranian power company officials imposed a ban on the supply of fuel to power plants as the main reason for the power cuts.
While the National Iranian Gas Company announced that there were no restrictions on sending fuel, noting that “more power stations were re-fueled this year than last year.”
According to Iranian officials, the illegal extraction of digital currency is one of the major reasons for the withdrawal of electricity in Iranian cities.
Many factories in Iran have also closed; As a result of the frequent power cuts, while press reports stated that the shutdown was caused by pollution levels that are “dangerous and making people’s lives dangerous.”
US sanctions, which have separated Iran from global financial institutions, have led to a huge increase in cryptocurrency mining in Iran, leading to the cheapest electricity in the world.
It is noteworthy that the use of cryptocurrency in imports will help the central bank to bypass restrictions imposed by the United States on the use of the dollar system by Iran.
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