Getting Electricity in


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 Guinea-Bissau.

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

    Await completion of consultation on new connection with EAGB

    Agency: EAGB

    The customer visits EAGB to discuss tentative technical conditions of the connection. The discussion is informal and is carried out to inform EAGB about the planned connection. During the consultation EAGB determines whether the connection will be to high or medium voltage.

    3 calendar days XOF 0

    Submit project design to Energy Directorate and await approval

    Agency: Direccao-Geral de Energia EAGB

    After the electrical design project is complete the applicant has to put in a request to approve the internal wiring project at Direccao-Geral de Energia. The only document required for the approval is the project design itself. A few days after the inspection of the construction site is carried out (see next procedure) the approval is issued.

    24 calendar days XOF 0

    Await and receive internal inspection by Energy Directorate

    Agency: EAGB

    The internal inspection of the warehouse is made by the DGE after the project has been approved. EAGB does not participate at this stage.

    21 calendar days XOF 0

    Submit connection application to EAGB and await estimate

    Agency: EAGB

    The applicant has to bring a copy of the approved electrical project to the technical department (‘area tecnica’) of EAGB and request the connection. EAGB calculates the estimate (‘orsamento’) of the connection after the external inspection in the next procedure.

    24 calendar days XOF 0
    * 5

    Await and receive external inspection by EAGB

    Agency: EAGB

    EAGB visits the site after the application for connection and the electrical project design is submitted in order to prepare the estimate of the connection fees. Someone from the applicant’s party has to be present during the inspection.

    21 calendar days XOF 0

    Await completion of external works by electrical contractor

    Agency: Electrical Contractor

    The customer can choose either EAGB or a private electrical contractor to carry out all the connection works including the installation of a transformer. It is more common that the works are carried out by a private electrical contractor. If the works are carried out by the private electrical contractor the meter is also installed by the contractor.
    If works are carried out by the utility someone from the applicant’s party has to be at the site all the time during the connection works.
    Due to limited generation capacity there is a waiting time for electricity to start flowing hence the long time estimate for this procedure.

    381 calendar days XOF 5,140,225.86

    Await final connection by EAGB

    Agency: EAGB

    After the works are completed by an electrical contract the utility comes on the site to inspect the installed meter and to provide the final connection.

    2 calendar days XOF 0

    * 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) 27.6


    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.