During one of Sarawak Energy Berhad’s (SEB) recent joint raids in Jalan Matang, another incidence of power theft from a bitcoin mining center was discovered.
According to a statement released yesterday by the state utility, the premises included 32 bitcoin mining machines worth an estimated RM80,000.
Sarawak Energy has discovered that the bitcoin mining center consumes approximately RM6,800 per month in unregistered electricity.” “Police seized all cryptocurrency mining operations,” the statement reads.
There has been a police report filed, and if found guilty, the operator risks a maximum fine of RM100,000 and/or five years in prison for electricity theft under Section 33(5) of the Electricity Ordinance.
A large amount of electricity i consumed for Bitcoin mining
According to the research, using direct taps and circumventing electricity meters quickly overwhelm the electrical network, resulting in unplanned outages or low voltages that might damage equipment and endanger other consumers.
Notifying cryptocurrency miners, in particular, to be aware of potential threats to themselves and the wider public, to conduct their operations legally, and to safeguard their electrical supply from theft.
Due to the fact that improperly connected wires violate Sesco safety standards, “electricity theft is a lethal felony that can result in fires and electrocutions.”
Customers are also warned not to believe service providers who promise to reduce electricity bills or to give premises owners with unlimited electricity through meter manipulation.”
Additionally, there were reports that illegal direct-tapping lines had been removed from the site as evidence of electricity theft.
According to Sarawak Energy, “as part of Sarawak Energy’s efforts to prevent power theft, meter inspection workers are educated to detect various electricity theft tactics.”
SEB advised the public to complain to them directly
Additionally, SEB has advised the public to contact the company through phone or email at email@example.com to report any suspected instances of electricity theft occurring in their location.
“All information gathered will be treated in the strictest confidence,” it stated.