Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Geothermal Country Notes
Exploration for geothermal resources in Saudi Arabia began in 1980. It was established that 10 hot springs with temperatures ranging from 50°C to 120°C exist in the southern part of the country and the volcanic areas of the west.
Saudi Arabia has access to energy not only in the form of indigenous oil and natural gas but also to a large solar and wind resource. Despite a burgeoning demand for electricity generation, to date no use has been made of the country's geothermal heat. It is believed that in future this available heat could be developed for power generation, but it is expected that solar and wind power will take precedence.