- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - University of Wyoming students now have a special teaching laboratory to learn about oil and gas drilling rigs.

UW and WPX Energy dedicated the new drilling simulator on Wednesday at the Laramie campus.

The simulator was funded with a $1 million gift from WPX Energy that was matched by the state. It is located at the UW Energy Innovation Center.

The facility introduces students and industry personnel to realistic real-time simulations of normal and extra-normal drilling and well-control operations. It also expands UW College of Engineering and Applied Science course offerings and eventually will offer professional well control certifications for drillers.

WPX Energy is a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based energy company specializing in the production of natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil with operations and interests in Wyoming and elsewhere.

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