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The deadline for the Malawi Electricity Access Project (MEAP) has been extended from June 2024 to June 2025. The extension will give us ample time to complete the project successfully for the benefit of our potential customers. Currently, MEAP has measures to ensure speedy customers’ connections to electricity. This includes engaging contractors to facilitate new electricity connections. MEAP is a Malawi Government project that seeks to increase electricity access in the country by accelerating new connections. The project targets single-phase households within 500-metre radius of existing infrastructure/transformers

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Two suspects arrested for theft and vandalism of Escom assets

Police at Kasiya in Lilongwe Rural have arrested two men suspected of stealing and vandalising Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) Limited assets in the district. Kasiya Police Station spokesperson, Constable Mercy Chitonde, said the law enforcers arrested Rodwell Chisamba and Emmanuel Gabriel on Friday, June 28 2024 for vandalising Escom conductors at Ndalama Village. She said the police had received a report from community members over the vandalism of the conductors in the village on April 26, 2024. Chitonde said police officers eventually arrested the 34-year-old

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World Bank describes MEAP’s 77,000 connections as historic

The World Bank has described the 77,000 on-grid electricity connections achieved in the past 12 months under the Malawi Electricity Access Project (MEAP), as the highest for such a period in the country’s history.   Michael Gondwe, Senior Energy Specialist at the World Bank, spoke to the bank’s website (www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/) while giving an update on the on-grid component.   The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited implements the on-grid component whereas the Ministry of Energy runs the off-grid side. The World Bank funds the project.  

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Hu! Ha! Vandalism fight boosted: President assents to the Electricity (Amendment) Act

The legal battle against theft, tampering, and vandalism of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited infrastructure has received a big push following President, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera’s assenting to the Electricity (Amendment) Act. The revised Act, which the State President assented to alongside 11 other bills, has fines increased for illegal connections and meter tampering to K100,000,000 whereas the maximum jail term for such offences is 10 years. The Act covers offences on ESCOM infrastructure committed by the Corporation’s members of staff, former employees and

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Police in Zomba have arrested 32-year-old Arnold Katunga in the old Capital City for allegedly tampering with ESCOM infrastructure on Sunday, June 2 2024. Zomba Police spokesperson,Patricia Sipiliano,  confirmed the incident, saying the suspected will be charged with the offence of tampering with ESCOM property contrary to sections of the Electricity Act. The offence can attract a fine and even a custodial sentence of up to 10 years. It is said that two weeks ago, ESCOM officers Lusekelo Mwenefumbo, Jackson Master, Andy Chinyamu, Wellington Kamwana and Emmanuel

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ESCOM Token Identifier (TID) Project Rolls out 358,947 Prepaid Meters

By Catherine Tinto, Capital FM. About 358,947 customers have had their prepaid meters upgraded in the Token Identifier (TID) project by April 30 2024. ESCOM Limited rolled out the TID project in June last year, targeting 537,000 customers. The project seeks to reconfigure all customer meters in compliance with new international requirements for transfer of electricity prepayment tokens. Meanwhile, ESCOM chief public relations officer Kitty Chingota says there has been tremendous progress in the implementation of the project across all the major cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Blantyre

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MEAP beneficiaries hail World Bank for new electricity connections

Some Malawi Electricity Access Project (MEAP) beneficiaries in Blantyre have hailed the World Bank for funding the project, saying it has improved their lives and businesses. Mkoka Health Centre in Nancholi Township, Matindi Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Matindi and Arabella Shopping Mall in Chileka are among the 74,800 beneficiaries of MEAP. In an interview, Matindi CDSS deputy head teacher, Judith Joseph Nasiyaya, said the 275-plus learners at the newly-built school used to struggle before it was connected to MEAP electricity in December 2023.  “We were

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JICA hands over Project for Improvement of Lilongwe Substations

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has handed over the Project for Improvement of Substations in Lilongwe, a development the Malawi government has described as a game-changer to the country’s energy sector. The project has made it possible for the substations of Lilongwe Old Town and Kanengo to accommodate 79,000 new electricity connections following the increase in the former’s capacity from 37.5MVA to 50MVA and the latter from 83MVA to 158MVA. Speaking when he graced the handover ceremony in Lilongwe on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, Energy Minister,

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ESCOM powers International ICT Expo with K12m donation

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited has supported the forthcoming International ICT Expo scheduled for Lilongwe by donating K12 million to the organisers, ICT Association of Malawi (ICTAM). Speaking when he presented a dummy cheque to ICTAM president Clarence Gama on April 30, 2024 in Blantyre, ESCOM Limited CEO Mr. Kamkwamba Kumwenda said the power utility company appreciates the role ICT plays in the development of the public and private sectors. “The reason we thought of donating this amount to ICTAM is that we think we

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