Celanese declares force majeure on product deliveries in Americas, EMEA

Feb 18 (Reuters) - Chemicals maker Celanese Corp said on Thursday it is declaring force majeure on deliveries in the Americas and Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA), citing impacts from severe weather conditions in Texas.

A long list of companies around Texas and New Mexico have halted operations as they grapple with a rare deep freeze which has killed nearly two dozen people and knocked out power to millions.

Celanese said its decision follows unplanned shutdowns and similar notices by its own suppliers and service providers in the Texas Gulf Coast.

The chemicals company said sustained below freezing temperatures at the company’s and its partners’ plants have made Celanese unable to get natural gas, electricity, industrial gas, and other raw materials it needs to operate the facilities.

The company added that it cannot give exact details or timing of the full impact to its customers due to the ‘rapidly developing’ nature of the situation, but it will notify them when production resumes. (Reporting by Shariq Khan in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)