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Getting Electricity in

Thailand

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 Thailand.

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
    1

    Submit application to MEA and await estimate

    Agency: Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA)

    The customer can submit the application for connection online. The cost estimate is provided after site inspection - but if GIS data is available, no site inspection is needed (less than 50% of cases).

    Documents required for the application are copy of identification card, copy of census registration, copy of contract of sales, rent, lease, copy of company affidavit, power of attorney document as well as location map, single line diagram, load schedule and electricity line diagram, detail of use (e.g. areas, machine, electric equipment and type of building). Usually, the representative of the owner of the warehouse would submit the application.

    12 calendar days THB 0
    * 2

    Receive site visit from MEA

    Agency: Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA)

    An officer from MEA carries out a site inspection to determine the connection specifications and the amount of the estimate.

    1 calendar day THB 0
    3

    Await completion of external works by MEA

    Agency: Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA)

    The utility conducts the external connection works. All cable and equipment for external connection are provided by utility. If a transformer needs to be installed, it would belong to the utility and other customers would use the transformer as well. The connection fee by MEA is based on a 140 meters connection. For 150 meters, the client would have to pay the cost for 10 meters of cable in addition to the connection fee.

    18 calendar days THB 67,612
    * 4

    Request and receive internal inspection by MEA

    Agency: Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA)

    The client submits a request for an internal wiring inspection by the utility. The client has to be present during the inspection.

    2 calendar days THB 2,743.5
    5

    Receive meter installation, final connection and electricity flow from MEA

    Agency: Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA)

    After the connection is finished, the Meter Service Section of the utility installs the meter. After that the final connection is done by the Distribution System Maintenance Section and electricity starts flowing.

    7 calendar days THB 8,649

    * 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) 0.6
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 1.37
    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? 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? Yes
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1)
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online http://www.mea.or.th/profile/index.php?l=en&tid=3&mid=258&pid=109
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? No
    Answer
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 15.0

    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.