HIVE Preps for Halving with Strategic Upgrade to Antminer S21s

  • Sergey Maga
  • 22 February, 2024 17:57
HIVE Preps for Halving with Strategic Upgrade to Antminer S21s

In anticipation of the upcoming Bitcoin halving, HIVE Digital, a leading Canada-based Bitcoin mining firm, has strategically bolstered its mining operations. The company announced the acquisition of an additional 1,000 units of Bitmain‘s S21 Antminers, enhancing its mining efficiency with a total of 200 PH/s at an impressive efficiency rate of 17.5 J/TH. This move complements HIVE’s previous order of 7,000 S21 units in December for $24.5 million, set to be fully delivered by June, marking a significant upgrade to its mining fleet, according to TheMinerMag.

HIVE’s commitment to optimizing its operations doesn’t end there. The firm previously secured 9,800 units of Bitmain’s S19K Pro model in November, contributing approximately 1.18 EH/s to its hashrate. Collectively, these acquisitions, totaling 2.78 EH/s of the latest mining equipment since November, signal HIVE’s transition towards more energy-efficient mining solutions. By June, HIVE anticipates achieving an operational hashrate of 5.5 EH/s, implying the retirement of around 1.4 EH/s of its older mining hardware in favor of the new, more efficient models.

This strategic refocusing aims not at expanding the firm’s physical footprint but at refining its operational efficiency. By adopting the most advanced mining machines available, HIVE intends to reduce its average production costs significantly, aligning with its goal to lower the cost of producing a Bitcoin amidst a competitive mining landscape.

HIVE’s operational adjustments come at a critical juncture. Despite a 22% increase in Bitcoin’s average hashrate from Q3 to Q4 2023, HIVE maintained its cost of Bitcoin production at $22.8k per unit, aided by a surge in Bitcoin transaction fees in December and a decrease in hashcost from $54/PH/s in Q3 to just over $51/PH/s in Q4. This efficiency gain is crucial, especially considering the impending halving event, which is expected to reduce Bitcoin’s hashprice from its current rate north of $80/PH/s to below $45/PH/s, assuming no significant market price breakout occurs.

HIVE’s proactive measures to upgrade its mining fleet underline the company’s dedication to maintaining a competitive edge in the Bitcoin mining sector. By optimizing its equipment for higher efficiency and lower costs, HIVE is positioning itself to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by the Bitcoin halving, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable and profitable mining operations.

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