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Getting Electricity in

Algeria

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and cost required for a business to obtain an electricity connection for a newly constructed building in Algeria.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Submit application to SDA and await technical report and estimate

    Agency: SONELGAZ (via its subsidiary "Société de Distribution de l'électricité et gaz d'Alger (SDA)")

    The paper version of the application must be submitted and at no cost. The application form must be submitted with the following certified copies: 1) project information sheet; 2) Location map (scale 1/5000 or 1/2000); 3) electric power requirements; 4) ground plan (scale 1/500). The client signs the contract and pays the estimate after receiving the plan of works from Société de Distribution de l'électricité et gaz d'Alger (SDA). Once the contract is signed and paid, Société de Distribution de l'électricité et gaz d'Alger (SDA) sends the request for authorization of excavation to the Public Works department of the Municipality (Direction des Travaux Publics (DTP)). The utility obtains the excavation permit from the Direction des Travaux Publics on the customer's behalf and charges the customer for the permit fees.

    60 calendar days DZD 0
    * 2

    Obtain external site inspection by utility to finalize technical report and estimate

    Agency: SONELGAZ (via its subsidiary "Société de Distribution de l'électricité et gaz d'Alger (SDA)")

    The Société de Distribution de l'électricité et gaz d'Alger (SDA) conducts an external inspection of the location of the warehouse after submission of the application. A representative of the applicant is usually present during the visit. SDA then drafts a technical study and provides an estimation of the costs.

    10 calendar days DZD 0
    3

    Purchase transformer and other equipment and build substation

    Agency: Client's electrical contractor

    The client has to install a 150 kVA transformer. The transformer has to be preapproved by Sonelgaz ("homologué").

    60 calendar days DZD 2,815,000
    4

    Await external works and meter installation by utility and sign supply contract

    Agency: SONELGAZ (via its subsidiary "Société de Distribution de l'électricité et gaz d'Alger (SDA)")

    Once the transformer is installed, Société de Distribution de l'électricité et gaz d'Alger (SDA) starts the external works will install the meter as well. The client must sign a supply contract and pay a deposit equivalent to one month of consumption by check or bank transfer. This deposit is reimbursed to the client at the expiration of the contract.

    52 calendar days DZD 2,669,188.45
    5

    Obtain internal wiring inspection by utility

    Agency: SONELGAZ (via its subsidiary "Société de Distribution de l'électricité et gaz d'Alger (SDA)")

    The client is responsible for the internal wiring and the technical department of Société de Distribution de l'électricité et gaz d'Alger (SDA) must approve the final installation before electricity starts flowing.

    8 calendar days DZD 0

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer
    Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8)
    Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3)
    System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) 5.06
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 9.16
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? Yes
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? Yes
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1)
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? Yes
    Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1)
    Does the utility either pay compensation to customers or face fines by the regulator (or both) if outages exceed a certain cap? No
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1)
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online http://www.sda.dz/Fr/?page=article&id=165
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Answer
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 3.0

    Note:

    If the duration and frequency of outages is 100 or less, the economy is eligible to score on the Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index.

    If the duration and frequency of outages is not available, or is over 100, the economy is not eligible to score on the index.