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.

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

    Hire private firm to design and carry out external works

    Agency: Private firm

    External works consist of installing a private substation. The MV network is underground; the LV service is overhead.
    The client can pick any approved private firm. Another option is for the utility to issue a tendering process to pick the firm that will carry out the works.
    Because a client's picking of a private firm reduces the wait time, this is usually a preferred option. The private firm will then prepare a design of the works and submit it to the utility for approval.
    The client's contractor will also need to provide the material for the works. This (namely the transformer) is usually not available in stock, and most firms will need to import it, mostly from Morocco. This causes short delays to the process.

    58 calendar days GNF 225,000,000
    * 2

    Submit connection application to EDG

    Agency: Electricité de Guinée (EDG)

    The client mails an application for a connection to Electricité de Guinée (EDG). In the case where the client relies on Electricité de Guinée (EDG) also for the external works, the utility will need to inspect the site first to carry out a technical study and prepare an estimate of the connection fees.
    Alternatively, the client can hire a private firm for the external works. This same firm can submit the application for a connection on their behalf. It will also carry out the technical study to prepare a design of the external connection works and an estimate of the costs.

    4 calendar days GNF 0

    Receive site inspection by EDG

    Agency: Electricité de Guinée (EDG)

    The utility will inspect at the end of the external works to check that they have been carried out according to the original plans.

    1 calendar day GNF 18,205,918

    Sign subscriber agreement with EDG and obtain meter installation and final supply

    Agency: Electricité de Guinée (EDG)

    A subscription deposit is issued by the electricity company to the customer's address. This security deposit takes into account the client’s subscribed power and their consumption (tariff). This deposit is also considered as a supply contract. After the client has paid the deposit, they become subscribed with the utility that then installs the meter and turns on final supply.
    The deposit is returned at the end of the contract.

    10 calendar days GNF 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) 182.5
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 365
    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? Yes
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 16.4


    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.