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Escom targets 180,000 connections by 2024

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Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) is expected to connect 180,000 customers by the end of 2024 through Malawi Electricity Access Project (MEAP) launched on Friday.

Escom Chief Executive Officer Kamkwamba Kumwenda said through the project, the power supply company would be able to clear the electricity connection backlog currently at 70,000.

The $65 million project failed to roll out in 2020 due to procurement challenges.

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It rolled out two weeks ago.

“We are ready for any other connection; both those with modern and grass thatched houses will be able to get the electricity connections. We do not want to be in a situation where we have enough supply but customers are not connected,” he said.

Phase one of the project seeks to connect 30,000 people in the major cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu by March next year.

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Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola said the project would contribute to the country’s on- grid electricity access rate to around 30 percent by 2030.

He said a number of interventions are in the pipeline to increase power supply in the country.

The project is being implemented with support from the World Bank.

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