Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy is considering building a bitcoin mining center to utilize the country’s excess nuclear power. Officials of the ministry held a discussion last week with Yevhen Vladimirov — Ukraine’s deputy energy minister for digital development, Energoatom — the country’s state-owned nuclear energy company Hotmine — Ukraine’s bitcoin mining machines manufacturer to move the proposal forward. Vladimirov said the crypto mining center would help use Ukraine’s nuclear power, increase Energoatom’s profits, and help grow the government’s tax collection.
The constant load on nuclear power units could bring additional profit to the state-owned Energoatom.
“The idea of creating a data center based on a nuclear power plant, of course, deserves attention because the Ukrainian UES [unified energy system] has the unused base capacity,” said Vladimirov. “The constant load on nuclear power units could bring additional profit to the state-owned Energoatom and enable businesses to operate, which will also pay taxes to the domestic budget.” It is not clear what size the data center would be if the proposal is finalized, but according to a report from Data Center Dynamics, it could be between 250 and 500 megawatts, and it can also go up to 2-3 gigawatts.
Some issues are yet to be addressed before moving ahead with the proposal.
To move Ukraine’s proposal forward, certain issues need to be addressed first, according to Vladimirov. These include regulatory, legal, research, and calculations of required electricity, among other factors. However, Hotmine is “convinced” that Ukraine can become one of the world’s leaders in crypto mining with its affordable nuclear power generation. For the next steps, Hotmine, Energoatom, and the Ministry of Energy will consider signing a memorandum, which will define specific measures to establish a crypto mining center.