Samsung Electronics’ semiconductor plant in Austin has halted due to cold weather there, according to local media.
The Austin American-Statesman reported that the chip plant halted operation on Tuesday. Local electric utility Austin Energy shut off the power due to the shortage caused by the color weather there.
"With prior notice, appropriate measures have safely been taken for the facilities and wafers in production," Samsung told the news paper. "We will resume production as soon as power is restored. We are discussing timing with the proper authorities."
Semiconductor plant are susceptible to millions of dollars in damages from power outages, even if they last only for a short time. Samsung suffered a power outage at its Pyeongtaek plant in South Korea back in 2018. The outage was caused by a fire and is estimated to have caused around 50 billion won in damages.
The US is suffering from extreme freeze across the country. Power supply to 55 million households in 18 states have been cut off.