* Duisburg-Walsum 10 plant delayed due to steel problems
* EVN expects Steag to agree to legal action against Hitachi
* Total damages seen at around 600 million euros
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VIENNA, Dec 9 Austrian energy company EVN
is seeking to pursue legal action against Japan's
Hitachi over delays to a German power plant, it said on
EVN, which is a 49 percent shareholder in a project company
for the construction of the Walsum 10 coal plant in Duisburg,
said it wanted to start arbitration proceedings against a
Hitachi consortium and a court action against an insurer.
It said expected its partner in the project company, western
German power generator Steag, to consent to pursue the claims in
the next few days, and that the total amount of damages was
about 600 million euros ($821 million).
Hitachi was not available to comment, while Steag had no
The Duisburg Walsum 10 unit, an advanced coal-fired power
plant, was supposed to be reaching full power by the end of this
year but is well behind schedule after new steel types proved
problematic and had to be swapped.
The plant produces power and also heat for a Norske Skog
paper mill nearby.
EVN shares were down 0.6 percent by 1022 GMT,
underperforming a 0.5 percent rise in the European utilities
($1 = 0.7308 euros)
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Mark Potter and