Getting Electricity in

Congo, Rep

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 Congo, Rep.

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 SNE and await estimate and technical study

    Agency: Société Nationale d'Electricité (SNEL)

    The client submits the application for a new connection at the utility. The utility conducts a technical study and prepares an estimate. The utility sends the estimate to the client after the site visit.

    7 calendar days XAF 0
    * 2

    Receive external inspection by SNE

    Agency: Société Nationale d'Electricité (SNEL)

    The utility (SNE) conducts an external site visit to prepare the estimate and the technical study. After the technical study, SNE gives a quote to the customer depending on the material and workforce available. SNE also gives the client a list of companies which can do the external works.

    1 calendar day XAF 0

    Hire licensed electrical contractor, purchase material and carry out external works

    Agency: Electrical Contractor

    The client hires a licensed electrical contractor. The contractor purchases the material and conducts the external connection works.

    120 calendar days XAF 58,629,550
    * 4

    Obtain excavation permit from municipality

    Agency: Municipality

    The client needs to obtain an excavation permit at the Municipality to cross the road

    60 calendar days XAF 0

    Obtain inspection of works, meter installation and final connection by SNE

    Agency: Societe National d'Electricite (SNE)

    Once the works are done, the electrical contractor informs the utility. The utility comes to the warehouse to inspect the works and to do the final connection. The meter is installed at the same time.

    7 calendar days XAF 0

    Receive and sign supply contract

    Agency: Societe National d'Electricite (SNE)

    After the inspection, the client calls the utility and goes to the commercial service department to sign the supply contract and pay an advance on the consumption. The advance on consumption depends of the kW contracted and is given back at the end of the supply contract.

    1 calendar day XAF 701,497.24

    * 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? No
    Link to the website, if available online
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? No
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 12.4


    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.