Mead trip spurs Saudi interest in UW research

Apr 15, 2013

Gov. Matt Mead's weeklong trip to Saudi Arabia last week has succeeded in drawing interest to energy research going on at the University of Wyoming.

As a result of the trip, officials from Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant will be visiting UW soon to get a closer look at the research.

UW has been doing specialized research that could have application to extracting oil from underground formations that are tough to tap.

Mead says the purpose of his trip was to draw more interest in the research from the Saudis that hopefully will result in them investing in the UW project.

The governor says while no commitments have been made by the Saudis, he's happy with the outcome of the trip.