- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Energy exploration and production company Hess Corp. has contributed another $5 million to support oil and gas research at the University of Wyoming.

Gov. Matt Mead, UW officials and Hess CEO Greg Hill, who is a Wyoming native and UW graduate, announced the donation Thursday.

Hess, which is based in New York, has contributed a total of $10 million to the university, making it the largest corporate partner in UW’s history.

Arch Coal, Baker Hughes, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Marathon and Shell are among the other companies donating money, equipment and expertise to the UW.

“The University of Wyoming has a specific plan with Hess and the other corporate partners to support the energy industry through innovation and research. Hess builds on great work already underway at UW,” Mead said in a statement.

Thanks to the corporate donations, UW has met its goal of raising $15 million in contributions to build an energy research laboratory in Laramie. The 60,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in 2016.

The state of Wyoming provided matching money for the project.

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