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Getting Electricity in

Gabon

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 Gabon.

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 Gabon to 189 other economies.

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

    Submit application to SEEG and await technical requirements

    Agency: Société d'Energie et d'Eau du Gabon (SEEG)

    The client applies for an electricity connection from the Société d’Energie et d’Eau du Gabon (SEEG) and pays the fees for the initial study.

    For non-standard connections (as is the case), it is necessary
    count about 30 calendar days between the full application and the production of the quantitative description (DQ) by the SEEG - after which the works can then be performed by one of the subcontractors referenced by the SEEG.

    30 calendar days XAF 4,500,000
    * 2

    Receive external inspection and quantitative description by SEEG

    Agency: Société d'Energie et d'Eau du Gabon (SEEG)

    After receiving the application, the Société d’Energie et d’Eau du Gabon (SEEG) inspects the customer’s site to determine the technical requirements for the connection.

    1 calendar day XAF 0
    3

    Hire private firm to design and carry out external works

    Agency: Accredited Electrical Contractor

    The customer is given a list of accredited electrical companies to carry out the external works for him. There are about 10 such companies in Libreville. The customer then picks the best offer. In parallel, SEEG sends to the client an invoice for the supervision of the works. Once the bill is paid, the contractor retained by the customer transmits to SEEG the plan for external works. After agreement by SEEG on the plan for external works, the contractor signs a certificate of non-commencement of work and lodges a request to picket to SEEG. The subcontractor then performs the work, equips the transformer substation, carries out the opening of the trench and rehabilitates the road.

    Subsequently, the contractor begins the application process to connect to the existing network. SEEG and the contractor should then proceed with the provisional approval of the site.

    90 calendar days XAF 45,000,000
    * 4

    Obtain excavation permit

    Agency: Ministry of Public Works or Libreville Municipality

    The private contractor requests and obtains an excavation permit in order to cut the road and carry out the works

    14 calendar days XAF 0
    5

    Obtain inspection of external works by SEEG and await estimates for supply contract and security deposit

    Agency: Société d'Energie et d'Eau du Gabon (SEEG)

    A few days before the expected end date of the works the client's contractor requests from the Société d’Energie et d’Eau du Gabon (SEEG) to inspect the site. Upon provisional acceptance of the works, SEEG establishes the electricity supply contract and the amount of the security deposit.

    21 calendar days XAF 0
    * 6

    Sign supply contract and pay security deposit

    Agency: Société d'Energie et d'Eau du Gabon (SEEG)

    The client pays a deposit and signs a supply contract with the utility, so that the meter can be installed and supply can be turned on.

    7 calendar days XAF 1,403,120.03
    7

    Receive meter installation and turn-on of electricity

    Agency: Société d'Energie et d'Eau du Gabon (SEEG)

    When the supply contract has been signed and paid, and the security deposit has been made, the meter is installed and the final connection is carried out. The customer is then connected.

    7 calendar days XAF 0

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • 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) 32
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 52.14
    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? 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
    Answer
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 21.2

    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.