Celanese updates status of Clear Lake operations
Celanese is progressing in restarting on-site production units after experiencing an emergency incident on Saturday, September 21, at its Clear Lake facility in Pasadena, Texas. The Fairway Methanol unit has restarted and is approaching full operating rates. The acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer production units are planned for restart at reduced rates during October, with full operating rates expected for all production units at Clear Lake within the fourth quarter of 2019. Shipping operations at Clear Lake and associated terminals continue to operate without interruption. Celanese is assessing the potential impact of the incident on available product volumes. As part of its ongoing commitment to provide reliable supply, Celanese is utilizing its global network capabilities to provide product to its contract customers and will keep its customers updated on any developments. The company will provide further updates on the status of its Clear Lake operations as well as financial impact to 2019 when it reports third quarter results.