THOROUGH ASSESSMENT DONE

Olkaria Geothermal Spa reopens to public after year of closure due to Covid-19

Spa reopened after thorough assessment by MoH, Nakuru Health officials.

In Summary

• The Naivasha-based Geothermal Spa was closed to the public at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in compliance with Ministry of Health protocols to help stop the spread of the virus.

• The Spa was reopened after a thorough assessment by the Ministry of Health and Nakuru County Government Health Officials.

KenGen offices at Ol Karia.
KenGen offices at Ol Karia.
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC has resumed operations of its Olkaria geothermal Spa and is now open to the public.

The Naivasha-based Geothermal Spa was closed to the public at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in compliance with Ministry of Health protocols to help stop the spread of the virus.

The Spa was reopened after a thorough assessment by the Ministry of Health and Nakuru County Government Health Officials.

The two entities gave the facility a clean bill of health to resume operations under strict compliance with the Covid-19 preventive measures.

“I encourage members of the public visiting our Geothermal Spa to observe all protocols as you enjoy this natural resource that is unique not only in Kenya but in the entire African continent,” Managing Director Rebecca Miano said.

During the closure, KenGen used the opportunity to conduct routine maintenance and improve the facility to enhance user experience.

The opening of Olkaria Geothermal Spa offers Kenyans an alternative to Mombasa and other distant tourist destinations as they get to explore the health benefits of geothermal steam which is also used for electricity generation.

The KenGen Geothermal Spa provides a comforting and invigorating atmosphere where visitors can relax their bodies and mind.

In 2020, KenGen assured Kenyans that it has deployed mechanisms to ensure electricity generation continues uninterrupted.

The company embarked on a shift system to ensure there are staff in all installations across the country at any given time.

KenGen also decongested its offices by allowing some of its employees to work from home as a way of minimising contact.

All the company's operations will be running smoothly even as the country continues to handle the coronavirus pandemic.

Edited by D Tarus