Power engineers of "Samara distribution grids" uncovered the theft of 2.5 mln Kw*h for the mining farm work

25 october 2018

mayning.jpgThe Safety Administration of the "Samara Distribution Grids" Branch of IDGC of Volga, PJSC (a member of "Rosseti") together with the Department of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Stavropol district of the Samara region revealed the large power theft in the Samara region.

An inconspicuous brick building at the entrance to the village of Bakhilovo turned out to be a high-tech farm for the production of cryptocurrency. Miner was caught stealing electricity. Attention of the power engineers was attracted by the increased non-balance. During the inspection of the transmission line, a transformer substation was discovered, during the inspection of which several violations were revealed at once. Thus, the transformer installed within the technological connection was replaced with a more powerful one. And the work of the metering device was carried out by the intervention of the consumer, which led to the distortion of the data - the meter transmitted readings several times lower than actual consumption.

 Violations were reported to the the Department of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Stavropol district. Arriving at the scene, the police inspected the building and found a mining farm. It was also found when checking the neighboring hangar. According to estimates of the power engineers, in total, for over 3 months, the production of cryptocurrency took more than 2.5 mln kW*h, which is more than 17.8 mln rubles.

 The equipment has been recorded and sealed. Now a decision is pending about a criminal case under article "Causing property damage by fraud or abuse of trust on a large scale".