- ESCOM – The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi is a government owned company and the only electricity supplier in Malawi.
When I first arrived in Lilongwe, there was constant load-shedding, which resulted in power cuts every 2-3 days for anything between 1-8 hours! It wasn’t until 6 months in, that I discovered there was a load shedding schedule on the ESCOM website. Disappointingly, it wasn’t exactly accurate and always kept up-to-date! 3 long time windows per day, which significantly overlaps isn’t a great “schedule” in all honesty. And that’s when it was updated, supposedly every Monday morning. Still, it was better than nothing. To be fair to ESCOM, after a big maintenance project (which caused really really long power cuts, especially in some rural districts), there is no more load shedding, at least in Lilongwe. We’ve enjoyed a relatively very stable power supply since around the middle of last year.
Food for thought… according to an article in The Economist:-
The state-owned electricity company struggles to keep the lights on even though only 7% of the population is connected to the grid. Power cuts add to the high cost of doing business (Malawi is ranked 171st out of 189 countries by the World Bank).