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Getting Electricity in

Liberia

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 Liberia.

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 Liberia to 189 other economies.

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

    Submit application to LEC and await estimate

    Agency: Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Monrovia

    The company has to submit an application letter along with a copy of the business registration (in the future, also a photo) to the Customer Service Department. Customer service forwards the application letter to the commercial manager, who screens the application and forwards it to the Technical Department.

    14 calendar days LRD 0
    * 2

    Receive external inspection by LEC

    Agency: Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Monrovia

    The Technical Department will come out and inspect the premises.The main purpose of the inspection (as with most business-activity-related inspections in Liberia) is to prove that the business exists. The inspector will draw sketches of the location, etc. to determine Liberia Electricity Corporation’s capacity to deliver power. Inspectors submit a report to their department, which then gets forwarded to the Commercial Department. Once the Commercial Department approves the application, it notifies the Computer section to prepare an invoice. Once the invoice is prepared, it gets sent back to the Commercial Department and they contact the customer to come pick up the invoice. The customer comes to LEC and signs a ledger to accept payment invoice.

    1 calendar day LRD 0
    3

    Obtain external works from LEC

    Agency: Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Monrovia

    Only Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) can carry out the external works. The utility currently has the material readily available in stock, which has greatly reduced delays by many months.
    The works consist of expanding the overhead network by installing poles, a transformer and its accessories and extending wires to the warehouse.

    75 calendar days USD 8,400
    4

    Obtain internal wiring inspection, meter installation and final connection from LEC

    Agency: Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Monrovia

    When the external works have been completed, and the electrician has finished doing the internal installation, the utility will inspect the wiring and turn on the supply.
    The client will need to pay a security deposit and a registration fee. The cost of the meter is included in the registration fee.

    Security deposit: based on one month of consumption

    Registration fee: There is also a registration fee equivalent to 20% of the Bill of Quantity. When the type of material and the quantity needed has been determined, and also what needs to be done, and the labor cost, the customer will be required to pay a registration fee equivalent to 20% of the Bill of Quantity.

    376 calendar days USD 7,052.94

    * 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) 96.4
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 29.3
    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
    Answer
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 55.6

    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.