While there is no doubt that Guinea will continue to play a vital role in the global production of bauxite for years to come, its future with respect to alumina refining and aluminum smelting is far less clear. The two processes involve some of the most power-intensive production methods in the entire metals industry, both of which can not currently be supported by the country's existing energy infrastructure. For this reason, CMC's ultimate goal of developing such refining and smelting capacity, as well as the capacity to produce other metals, largely depends on the company's own ability to create long-term access to reliable sources of energy. In fact historically, alumina and aluminum facilities around the world have always migrated to regions where comparative advantages exist in terms of stable and cheap electricity.
By processing Guinea's major cash crops locally before exporting them internationally, CMC will not only be able to diversify its revenue streams but will also be able to produce various types of biomass fuels that can eventually be integrated into the company's future electrification program. CMC is therefore exploring the development of several agro-processing facilities across the Boké, Kindia and Kankan regions. Furthermore, because Guinean government officials have become increasingly concerned that the exploitation of Guinea's vast mineral resources is now hampering the country's agricultural ambitions, these facilities will also help quell such fears with respect to CMC's mining operations and activities.