Blasting company sues to recover cost of damaged pump

Kelly Holleran Jul. 24, 2012, 4:34am


A Texas corporation has filed suit against the company that it claims caused it to incur half a million dollars in damages after destroying an expensive piece of equipment.

B&W Fluid Dynamics claims defendant Performance Contractors had hired it as a subcontractor to perform aqua lazing services at the Motiva Expansion Project in Port Arthur.

"Aqua lazing services involves the blasting of interior piping with high pressure water," the suit states. "To provide aqua lazing services, B&W used a very large, highly customized pump."

On Dec. 9, Performance loaded the pump onto a flatbed truck in an attempt to move it to a different location, according to the complaint filed July 9 in Jefferson County District Court. However, the pump fell from the truck while it was being moved, the complaint says. B&W claims the pump was damaged beyond repair.

Panicked, Performance tried to hide the true facts regarding the damage to the pump, according to the complaint.

Because of the incident, B&W incurred more than $500,000 in damages, the suit states.

It is seeking damages within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus punitive damages, pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, attorney's fees, costs, post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

Daryl W. Bailey of Looper, Reed and McGraw in Houston will be representing it.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Case No. B192-662

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