Firms claim over €50m in power cut damages

Companies hit by the massive power cut in the Bommelerwaard region of Gelderland last week have reported total damages of between €50m and €70m, says Arend Fernhout, chairman of the local chamber of commerce in today’s Volkskrant.

Fernhout says the defence ministry should pay out compensation in the first instance and then negotiate with insurance firms and the energy company Nuon about who is ultimately responsible.
The power cut was caused by a military helicopter which crashed into six power pylons.
Meanwhile, some 5,000 damages forms have been handed out to private claimants who are expected to receive the standard compensation of €35 for the first eight hours plus €20 for every four hours thereafter, reports the Volkskrant.

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