Geothermal Energy Projects
development & research
Geothermal energy is the heat that comes from the subsurface of the earth. It is contained in the rocks and fluids beneath the earth's crust and can be found as far down to the earth's molten rock, magma.
To generate electricity from geothermal energy, wells are dug to a suitable depth, from 400 to 5000 meters, to access the underground reservoirs steam and hot fluids, which can then be used to drive turbines connected to electricity generators.
Geothermal energy is used in many countries around the world like the united states, Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, New Zealand, Iceland and many others. However, Italy was the first country in the world to build a geothermal power plant in 1904 that is still in operation until this day.
Geothermal and geological research conducted in Saudi Arabia showed that the country is blessed with geothermal resources that could be utilized for power generation and other uses like water distillation, waste water treatment, heating and cooling and, others.
Geothermal activities in Saudi Arabia concentrates mainly on the western costal plain along Red Sea coast, lava fields (Harrat) spread over the "Arab Shield", granitic rocks around and north of Hail and, thick stratigraphic sequence in the eastern side of the Rub-al-Khali basin.
Steps Energy would like to raise the awareness of this un-utilized geothermal resource in Saudi Arabia.