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The Memorandum and Articles of Association of ESCOM, authorize the company to carry on unrestricted business. However the utility's principal business is to generate, transmit, distribute and retail electricity services nationwide through interconnected and off-grid power supply systems. The utility handles large portfolio of electricity and civil works, projects of development and maintenance nature to meet electricity demand.

On 30th November 1998, Parliament passed the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (Repeal) Act, 1998 and was assented to by the State President on 8th December 1999.

The Act required that any properties, assets funds, liabilities, obligations and agreements be transferred free of any fees or duties into the name of the company and that the rights of employees should be continuous from the date of their initial employment by the predecessors body. Furthermore, any legal or similar proceedings would continue in the company's name.

The substance of the Act is therefore that the former Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi should continue as the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited as though the change was merely one of name except insofar as the constitution of the body was necessarily amended to bring it in line with the requirements of the Companies Act.

The company is undergoing major reforms to align it with the provisions of the Energy Laws of 2004 which has liberalized the power supply industry

To improve business efficiency and service delivery, ESCOM is divided into four distinct Directorates namely:


A leading provider of quality electricity and related services in the Region.

To generate, transmit and distribute electrical energy and provide related services, motivated by desire for excellence through the use of appropriate technologies, to the satisfaction of customers and other stakeholders.

Core Values:
The Corporation's core values are abbreviated as SPITTIC, standing for:
  • Safety and Quality Conscious
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Team Work
  • Innovation
  • Commitment to Service

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Projects & The Future

ESCOM is faced with a big challenge of meeting the ever growing demand for electric power. This challenge has seen ESCOM put in extra efforts to meet the growing demand starting from generation, transmission and all the way to distribution.

These challenges have put ESCOM at a cross-road for deciding to move forward while moving from the comfort zone of having surplus electricity in the past years to a strained period. The major challenge is building new capacity to satisfy the higher demand for electricity that accompanies strong national economic growth.

Notable projects include:

  • Mocambique Interconnection Project
  • Implementation of Kapichira Hydroelectric Power Scheme Phase II
  • Implementation of a Comprehensive Generation Power Plant Rehabilitation Project
  • Karonga-Kayelekera 66kV line
  • Salima-Chintheche-Karonga Reinforcement

ESCOM plans to remain competitive and supply quality and uninterrupted power supply to its customers.

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