General Manager of General Motors Co. said he would temporarily suspend his operations in Michigan 11 and his Warren Tech Technology Center late Monday after the company had made an urgent call for users to conserve natural gas during the extreme winter of winter.
Chevrolet Bolt EV (L) and Chevrolet Sonic 2017 are exposed outside the Orion Assembly General Engine in Orion Township, Michigan, USA, June 13, 2017. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV also said it canceled the shift in its Warren Truck and Sterling Heights Assembly on Thursday and considered whether it would have to cancel further shifts.
GM said Energy Consumers Energy, a division of CMS Energy Corp, has requested a shutdown to allow the company to manage supply problems in extreme cold temperatures and fire in the compressor station.
He said workers were informed that at Orion, Flint Assembly, the Lansing Delta Township Assembly and the Lansing Grand River Assembly, as well as other press and transmission plants on Wednesday evening and early Thursday. GM said it still evaluates when employees can return to work.
Workers at his Warren Tech Center were also informed to stay home on Thursday.
In a video report posted on Facebook, CMS Energy CEO Patricia Poppe said that large companies, including Fiat Chrysler, Ford Motor Co and GM, agreed to "cut off" production plans on Friday to address a fire- Michigan and a record cold.
Poppe said the reduction in the number of large businesses is not enough and called on 1.8 million customers in Michigan to put the thermostats as much as possible before they could reduce their natural gas consumption to protect critical facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes. "I need you to take action," she said.
Ford Motor said it also took steps to reduce energy consumption at its four factories in Michigan supplied by Consumers Energy, but added that the situation remains fluid.
The spokeswoman said she had reduced heating levels at Livonia Transmission and Van Dyke Transmission, halted the Sterling Axle heat treatment processes, and finished painting at the Michigan Assembly.
Energy consumers have sent a warning to mobile phones in Michigan and have asked residents to reduce their natural gas consumption.
Consumer energy warned in the Twitter report that "without further risk reduction, we risk not being able to supply natural gas to families and critical facilities in Michigan – a scenario that none of us want to meet."
Energy consumers said a fire at a gas compressor station in Macomb, Michigan, yesterday made it stop the gas flow from the compressor station until safety and damage were completed.
News from David Shepardon; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Muralikumar Anantharaman