A Day in the Life of a Worker at One of the World’s Biggest Bitcoin Mines
If you live in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, employment options are limited. You could work in a coal mine, but the industry is in decline. You could take a job at a chemical plant, but it won’t do much for your health.
Or you could work in one of the world’s largest Bitcoin mines.
Quartz paid a visit to the facility, found in the SanShangLiang industrial park on the edge of Ordos. The location, 400 miles from Beijing, may seem odd, but the failing mining region offers 30 percent discounts on energy bills to companies setting up in the area. That’s useful, given the Bitcoin mine consumes 40 megawatts of electricity.
Because the hardware runs around the clock, there’s lots of maintenance work to be done. Quartz spoke to Hou Jie, who got a job at the plant off the back of his manufacturing degree. He works from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., fixing 10 computers per day, sometimes by rebooting them, other times taking them to a repair shop. He say the work is “a bit dull.” But then, one employee reports earning $600 per month—over double the local minimum wage.