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Nordic Utilities Leave 55,000 Without Power Days After Storm

December 30, 2011

(Updates numbers affected from first paragraph.)

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Nordic power companies failed to restore power to about 55,000 customers in the region three days after a storm swept through the region and damaged power grids.

In Finland, 48,000 homes remain blacked out. Fortum Oyj has 34,500 households without power, while Sweden’s Vattenfall AB had 7,100 customers affected in Finland, the companies said today on their websites. The rest of the power failures are at local utilities.

In Sweden, 5,200 people were without electricity, up from 4,700 this morning, according to the websites of the three- largest utilities, including Vattenfall and EON AG. Norway’s grid operator Statnett SF said that about 2,500 clients were without power last night.

The storm Dagmar lashed the Nordic countries with hurricane-strength winds on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, cutting power, damaging buildings, shutting roads and halting trains. Winds caused “great damage” to the Finnish power grid, which needs to be rebuilt in some places, Fortum said.

The repairs may take days in some areas, the Espoo-based company said. Most of its blacked out customers have been without power since the storm first hit, Fortum said.

--Editor: Jonas Bergman, Meera Bhatia

To contact the reporter on this story: Kati Pohjanpalo in Helsinki at kpohjanpalo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at jbergman@bloomberg.net


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