Getting Electricity in

Equatorial Guinea

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 Equatorial Guinea.

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 Segesa and await external site inspection

    Agency: Segesa

    The owner of the warehouse (the client) applies for a new electricity connection with Segesa’s office and provides a list of all appliances located in the warehouse.
    At the same time, the client submits an application for the excavation permit and the utility will obtain this excavation permit on behalf of the client.

    45 calendar days XAF 0

    Receive site inspection by Segesa, await estimate and pay Segesa for external works

    Agency: Segesa

    The engineers from Segesa, accompanied by the client, will conduct a site visit of the warehouse to assess the connection cost. The client will be presented with the estimated cost for the work to be done. The client will discuss in greater details both the estimated cost and the work to be done. The quote is divided as follows: price of materials + 30% for technical works of Segesa + 15% IVA + 8% for maintenance of the equipment in the years to come. The client signs the contract with Segesa.

    14 calendar days XAF 0

    Buy transformer and install transformer post

    Agency: Client

    The client has two options: he can buy the transformer through the utility or buy a transformer from the market. To accelerate the procedure, the client often chooses to buy the transformer himself and to install the transformer post. The transformer needs to be imported. Segesa provides the technical specifications of the transformer.

    37 calendar days XAF 35,000,000
    * 4

    Have transformer tested by Segesa

    Agency: Segesa

    Segesa inspects the transformer to verify that it complies with Segesa standards.

    1 calendar day XAF 0

    Receive external works, meter installation and final connection from Segesa

    Agency: Segesa

    Segesa will request an excavation permit from the Ministry of Construction, which takes on average 2-3 business days to be obtained. And then, Segesa will do the external works which consist of laying the cables from the transformer to the electrical network. Then Segesa does a final inspection, installs the meter and the electricity starts flowing.

    10 calendar days XAF 4,071,000

    * 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 n.a
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? No
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 23.3


    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.