Oil-burning equipment manufacturer Cajun Boiler, based in Austin, is being sued for $15 million over a water boiler it made in the U.S. to boil water at high pressures to produce high volumes of methane gas.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Austin says the company’s equipment “used a high pressure oil burner to boil a tank of gas at a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cajuns Boiler also produced high quantities of methane, which it used to heat its gas-fired boiler, which was located in Austin.”
In addition, the lawsuit claims the boiler failed to properly maintain the equipment after the owner bought it.
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“The water heater failed due to a variety of problems, including a poor inspection record, lack of proper maintenance, and the possibility that it could not be safely operated,” the suit states.
Cajuns’ boiler is one of dozens of similar boiler-related incidents in the state in the past three years, including one last year that resulted in an oil-fired unit in Dallas burning for days.
The owner of that boiler, a Houston company, has said it will replace it.