Blockcap, the North America-based crypto mining company, has announced that it will establish new offices in Austin, Texas.
It has been reported that the mining company claimed once its new facilities are operational in the Lone Star State’s capital, its hashing power will be roughly 3.5 exahash per second from a total of 42,000 rigs, reportedly doubling its capabilities.
According to blockchain data, this would represent more than 2% of the hashrate for the entire Bitcoin (BTC) network, around 167 million terahash per second. Blockcap claims its total fleet will account for only 1% of the network’s hashing power.
Darin Feinstein, the chair and founder of Blockcap, said:
“Austin is our home base from which we will pursue our mission and bring this great city closer to the center of the United States’ blockchain technology ecosystem. We also see the city as an ideal location from which to continue expanding our operations as we grow at both national and international levels.”
However, Blockcap cited electric car manufacturer Tesla setting up one of its “Gigafactories” in Austin in announcing the move.
The report said that the mining company did not immediately respond to questions regarding where it plans to establish its offices in the Austin area or how many jobs would be created as a result, though Feinstein said it would be “hiring locally.”
Musk said in a tweet last month that the new Giga Texas location would bring in more than 10,000 jobs, effectively increasing the number of employees at the electric car manufacturing company by more than 14%. He highlighted the dearth of Austin housing in an April 4 tweet, seemingly in reference to Tesla employees relocating there.
Over 10,000 people are needed for Giga Texas just through 2022! – 5 mins from airport -15 mins from downtown – Right on Colorado river https://t.co/w454iXedxB — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2021
The addition of Blockcap and other blockchain firms to the Lone Star State has the support of former Texas governor Rick Perry, the Republican politician who once famously forgot the name of the Department of Energy as a federal agency he would eliminate if elected president.
Perry claimed Texas had “become the premier location for forward-looking industries like blockchain” and that Blockcap would likely lead to job creation and economic growth in the state.
Founded in 2020, Blockcap now controls around 12,000 mining rigs generating more than 7 BTC daily ($416,550).
Thus, the company raised more than $75 million in two funding rounds led by Off The Chain Capital and Foundry Digital, as according to Blockcap, the firm recently acquired more than $500 million worth of Bitcoin mining machines.