Bitcoin Mining hash rates are important security metrics as they signify the network’s overall resistance to malicious attacks. Hash rates also measure a blockchain network’s ability to process transactions. Calculations of hash rates may enable miners to forecast their profitability.
Changes in hash rates impact the mining flexibility, profitability, and the number of miners in the network. For proof-of-work networks like Bitcoin, more hash rates signify the network’s strength and ability to deter malicious actors. Similarly, reduced hash rates expose the network to cybercriminals.
However, an increased hash rate in a network means more energy cost and mining difficulty. While the rising Bitcoin hash rate poses problems for miners, it might be a profitable opportunity for Big Oil firms to join the game.
Bitcoin Hash Rate Hits New All-time High
According to Blockchain.com, the Bitcoin hash rate has reached its peak. The metric hit 267 exahashes per second (EH/s) on November 1, a nearly 60% increase since January 2022.
Founder of Capriole Fund, Charles Edwards, commented on the issue of Bitcoin’s surging hash rate. Edwards said that many efficient top government and oil companies are joining the mining business. A few days ago, the Bitcoin hash rate hit a 9% increase from its all-time high.
The Capriole founder added that it was not a sign of miner capitulation but a bullish sentiment. Nevertheless, it may prove bearish in the short term since miners sell tokens to cover expenses and maintain their business.
He affirmed that big oil firms would soon become top players in the Bitcoin mining community.
Big Oil Moves Suggest Imminent Mining Dominance
Edward’s prediction is already playing out. Earlier in 2022, a Bloomberg report revealed that ExxonMobil is working with Crusoe Energy Systems to mine BTC in North Dakota. In June, reports showed that the oil subsidiary of Gazprom, a Russian natural gas firm, would supply energy to the mining firm BitRiver.
The usage of gas flare energy, a by-product of crude oil, has increased recently in the Bitcoin mining industry. Earlier in October, YPF, an Argentina State-owned energy firm, announced its plan to convert gas flare energy to power BTC mining.
The above examples highlight the changes from big oil companies in the BTC Mining industry. These impacts will likely increase as time progress.
Currently, firms with BTC mining as their sole revenue source find it difficult to keep afloat. Each block in the Bitcoin mining network has become more competitive. Energy costs have increased while profitability declined steeply.
Recently, Agro Blockchain announced plans to restructure its business strategy and mining hardware selloff. Core Scientific submitted filings with the SEC warning investors of impending bankruptcy. Moreover, BTC 70% price decline from the 2021 all-time high is not helping the miners.
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