Getting Electricity in


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 Benin.

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

    Submit application to SBEE and await estimate

    Agency: Société Beninoise D'Energie Electrique (SBEE)

    The customer has to go to a customer service office of the electricity company and complete an application form. No additional documents are required. The customer will then pay the application fees which are based on the capacity requested.

    8 calendar days XOF 763,206.99
    * 2

    Receive site inspection by SBEE

    Agency: Societe Beninoise D'Energie Electrique (SBEE)

    The electricity company will proceed with an external site inspection and then prepare an estimate for the external works. While the customer is not required to be present during the inspection, it is highly recommended that someone is present to indicate where the meter will be installed. The site must be accessible.

    1 calendar day XOF 10,000

    Hire private company to install transformer post

    Agency: Private contractor

    The customer hires a private company to buy a transformer post from Tout Electrique and then install it.

    30 calendar days XOF 31,570,000
    * 4

    Receive internal wiring inspection by Contrelec

    Agency: SBEE/Contrelec

    An inspection of the internal wiring is conducted by Contrelec, a government agency. The cost for the service of Contrelec is already included in the cost estimate provided by SBEE. Therefore when the customer pays the cost estimate, the payment for Contrelec is done at the same time. This is an internal transaction between SBEE and Contrelec. SBEE wires the money to Contrelec and then Contrelec wires the money back to the Tresor Public. Contrelec knows automatically that they have to do an internal inspection when the customer pays the cost estimate at the utility. The customer has to be present for the inspection to sign the report of the inspection.

    21 calendar days XOF 236,017

    Receive external works from SBEE's electrical subcontractor

    Agency: Société Beninoise D'Energie Electrique (SBEE)

    The utility hires an electrical subcontractor for the external connection works. The utility provides the material and the meter. The connection of the transformer post to the network is done by underground cable and carried out by the utility. The meter takes time to be obtained: the utility has to do a public tender for meters and that takes several months. The meter installation is done at the same time as the connection works and by the same department of the utility.

    52 calendar days XOF 25,164,617

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    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) ..
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) ..
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? No
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? No
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1)
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? No
    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://sbee.bj/site/a-propos/votre-facture/
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 22.8


    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.