– The Bunker Phase 2 boosts capacity by 18 megawatts –
– Daily BTC production reaches 16.8 –
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TORONTO, Ontario and BROSSARD, Québec, July 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bitfarms Ltd. (NASDAQ: BITF // TSX: BITF), a global Bitcoin self-mining company, completed the second phase of its expansion of The Bunker, providing an additional 18 megawatts (MW) of capacity and boosting the Company’s corporate hashrate by 200 petahash per second (PH/s) to a total of 3.8 exahash per second (EH/s). This brings Bitfarms’ current production above 16 bitcoin (BTC) per day.
“Completing Phase 2 of The Bunker expansion is a strategic milestone that contributed to growing our hashrate to 3.8 exahash per second (EH/s), up 5.5% from the beginning of July,” said Geoff Morphy, President and COO of Bitfarms. “Together with an additional 3 MW of low-cost hydropower that went online this month at our mining facility in Washington state, our total operating capacity is now 158 MW. Significantly, with our higher hashrate came an increase in our current production to 16.8 BTC/day, a 15% increase from 14.6 BTC/day at the end of June.”
“This past week, we have been selectively redeploying some mining assets while continuing to bring new miners online. Coupled with slight delays in receiving new mining shipments, the net effect is we expect to experience a more gradual increase in our hashrate and reach our 4 EH/s goal in early August. In addition, we remain confident in executing our current international growth plan and achieving 6 EH/s by year end,” added Morphy.
The Bunker – Phase 2
Under Phase 2 of The Bunker expansion, miner installations are in the process of completion and, to date, 9,450 miners have been installed. Together with Phase 1, which first became operational in March 2022, this location is presently operating at 36 MW and yielding 848 PH/s.
Phase 3 of The Bunker build-out, representing an additional 12 MW, is underway. This phase is planned to hold another 3,250 miners and produce approximately 325 PH/s with completion expected later this year.
Adds 3 MW in Washington State
In Washington state, Bitfarms continues to benefit from low-cost hydropower and stable electricity rates. The added 3 MW facility brings total production from our Washington state farms to 20 MW. With low-cost electricity and a completely upgraded fleet of miners, the Washington facilities have the lowest production cost in our global portfolio.
About Bitfarms Ltd.
Founded in 2017, Bitfarms is a global Bitcoin self-mining company, running vertically integrated mining operations with onsite technical repair, proprietary data analytics and company-owned electrical engineering and installation services to deliver high operational performance and uptime.
Having demonstrated rapid growth and stellar operations, Bitfarms became the first Bitcoin mining company to complete its long form prospectus with the Ontario Securities Commission and started trading on the TSX-V in July 2019. On February 24, 2021, Bitfarms was honoured to be announced as a Rising Star by the TSX-V. On June 21, 2021, Bitfarms started trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. On February 24, 2022, the Company was further honoured by the TSX-V as Venture 50 Winner, placing first in the Technology sector. On April 8, 2022, Bitfarms up-listed from the TSX-V to the TSX.
Operationally, Bitfarms has a diversified production platform with seven industrial scale facilities located in Québec, one in Washington state, and one in Paraguay. Each facility is over 99% powered with environmentally friendly hydro power and secured with long-term power contracts. Bitfarms is currently the only publicly traded pure-play mining company audited by a Big Four accounting firm.
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Such factors include, among others, risks relating to: the global economic climate; dilution; the Company’s limited operating history; future capital needs and uncertainty of additional financing, including the Company’s ability to utilize the Company’s at-the-market offering (the “ATM Program”) and the prices at which the Company may sell Common Shares in the ATM Program, as well as capital market conditions in general; risks relating to the strategy of maintaining and increasing Bitcoin holdings and the impact of depreciating Bitcoin prices on working capital; the competitive nature of the industry; currency exchange risks; the need for the Company to manage its planned growth and expansion; the effects of product development and need for continued technology change; the ability to maintain reliable and economical sources of power to run its cryptocurrency mining assets; the impact of energy curtailment or regulatory changes in the energy regimes in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates; protection of proprietary rights; the effect of government regulation and compliance on the Company and the industry; network security risks; the ability of the Company to maintain properly working systems; reliance on key personnel; global economic and financial market deterioration impeding access to capital or increasing the cost of capital; share dilution resulting from the ATM Program and from other equity issuances; and volatile securities markets impacting security pricing unrelated to operating performance. In addition, particular factors that could impact future results of the business of Bitfarms include, but are not limited to: the construction and operation of facilities may not occur as currently planned, or at all; expansion may not materialize as currently anticipated, or at all; the digital currency market; the ability to successfully mine digital currency; revenue may not increase as currently anticipated, or at all; it may not be possible to profitably liquidate the current digital currency inventory, or at all; a decline in digital currency prices may have a significant negative impact on operations; an increase in network difficulty may have a significant negative impact on operations; the volatility of digital currency prices; the anticipated growth and sustainability of hydroelectricity for the purposes of cryptocurrency mining in the applicable jurisdictions; the inability to maintain reliable and economical sources of power for the Company to operate cryptocurrency mining assets; the risks of an increase in the Company’s electricity costs, cost of natural gas, changes in currency exchange rates, energy curtailment or regulatory changes in the energy regimes in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates and the adverse impact on the Company’s profitability; the ability to complete current and future financings, any regulations or laws that will prevent Bitfarms from operating its business; historical prices of digital currencies and the ability to mine digital currencies that will be consistent with historical prices; an inability to predict and counteract the effects of COVID-19 on the business of the Company, including but not limited to the effects of COVID-19 on the price of digital currencies, capital market conditions, restriction on labour and international travel and supply chains; and, the adoption or expansion of any regulation or law that will prevent Bitfarms from operating its business, or make it more costly to do so. 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