Getting Electricity in

Burkina Faso

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 Burkina Faso.

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 SONABEL and await external inspection

    Agency: Société Nationale d'Electricité du Burkina (SONABEL)

    The client applies for electricity connection in person. In addition to the application form, they need to submit a (simple) copy of the ID and a (simple) copy of the title deed.

    21 calendar days XOF 0
    * 2

    Receive external inspection by SONABEL

    Agency: Société Nationale d'Electricité du Burkina (SONABEL)

    After the application, inspectors from the electricity company, the Société Nationale d’Electricité du Burkina (SONABEL), conduct an external site inspection to determine the specifics of the connection.

    In addition to the site inspection, an inspection of the entire internal wiring should theoretically also be carried out by the Ministry of Housing or the Ministry of Infrastructure. However, in practice this is never done. The customer could also request an inspection of the internal installation from one of the private companies subcontracted by the utility, but this is optional.

    1 calendar day XOF 0

    Await and receive external works from SONABEL’s contractor

    Agency: SONABEL's Contractor

    The trend is to subcontract the works (80-85% of the connection projects) to a private firm, which means Sonabel puts a contract out to public tender.
    These companies include, among others: SOGETEL, SIMEEL, CEDEL, PPI, EODA, and SEEF.

    A substation is needed in this case. The material is usually available, and is either bought from the electricity utility or provided by the contractor (more common).
    Once the utility has selected a contractor, they prepare an estimate of the costs that the customer could then pay at the utility’s offices.

    133 calendar days XOF 35,000,000

    Obtain meter installation and final connection by SONABEL

    Agency: Société Nationale d'Electricité du Burkina (SONABEL)

    The meter is installed separately by the utility. In this case, a 'double tariff' meter is installed.

    15 calendar days XOF 676,743.7

    * 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) 240.07
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 185.86
    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.sonabel.bf/statist/tarif.htm
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 25.4


    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.