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Getting Electricity in

Eritrea

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 Eritrea.

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.

Compare Eritrea to 189 other economies.

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

    Hire specialized electrician to inspect internal wiring

    Agency: Eritrean Electric Corporation

    The utility requires that the customer hire a specialized electrician to inspect internal wiring.

    1 calendar day USD 800
    2

    Request and receive internal wiring inspection by utility

    Agency: Eritrean Electric Corporation

    The customer needs to obtain this inspection before applying for new connection.

    14 calendar days USD 0
    3

    Submit application for connection and await external inspection

    Agency: Eritrean Electric Corporation

    The customer applies for a new electricity connection and submits the following documents: - registration papers - proof of ownership or tenant, internal inspection certificate.

    7 calendar days USD 10
    4

    Receive inspection and estimate and sign supply contract

    Agency: Eritrean Electric Corporation

    Costs include cost of distribution transformer, materials, labor, overhead and security deposit.

    7 calendar days USD 14,274.47
    5

    Receive external works, meter installation and electricity flow

    Agency: Eritrean Electric Corporation

    Utility conducts all external connection works, meter installation and turns electricity on after completion of works.

    30 calendar days USD 0

  • 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) 4320
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 2000
    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? 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? No
    Link to the website, if available online n.a
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Answer
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 23.9

    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.