Assomineraria, the Italian Petroleum and Mining Industry Association, was founded in 1917, and its members include Italian and international companies that operate in the extraction of solid minerals, in the exploration and production of oil and gas, as well as geothermal fluids, natural gas storage, and in the provision of equipment and services for the oil and gas industries to both the Italian and international markets.
The association is part of Confindustria and is organized into three sectors: Mining, Hydrocarbons & Geothermal, Equipment & Services.
Assomineraria promotes the culture of mineral and energy resources, the high performance of the entire value chain, and its excellence in terms of efficiency and sustainability. It contributes to disseminating innovative technologies and best practices in the various areas of the industry in particular with respect to their compliance with environmental, safety, and quality standards.
The association supports the position of member companies in their relations with both policymakers and key stakeholders. It is committed to the constant monitoring and engagement of authorities at local, national and European levels with respect to their legislative and regulatory efforts. It collaborates with the various national and international bodies to achieve synergies that can benefit member operations and enhance the activity of its three sectors.
Finally, the association is also developing internationalization strategies which can facilitate member companies in their relations with local stakeholders in producing countries.
Industrial Minerals: 11 Companies
Companies in the Mining sector extract a wide range of solid minerals that are used as raw materials or additives in industrial production.
For the provisioning of these minerals, it is essential to have clear, predictable legislative frameworks to support competitiveness and ensure policies that promote a sustainable use of the subsoil. In addition to maintaining and defending the legislative framework concerning the licensing system, this sector is committed to increasing awareness of the importance of industrial minerals in our daily lives and for the economy, as well as to promoting greater awareness of the safety levels and environmental sustainability of these activities.
Hydrocarbon and Geothermal Resources: 16 Companies
Companies within the Hydrocarbons & Geothermal sector are engaged in making oil and natural gas reserves on land and at sea available for use, in taking advantage of Italy’s geothermal fluids, and in developing and managing natural gas storage capacities. In addition to the industry’s impact in terms of energy safety, tax revenues, and employment, Assomineraria studies have clearly shown that the activities of the oil and gas industry are environmentally sustainable, are integrated with the other local economic activities, and feature safety standards that are ten times higher than the average of Italian manufacturing industry as a whole.
Equipment and Services: 76 Companies
Companies in the Equipment & Services sector boast extremely high levels of professional experience and highly competitive standards of technology.
These companies are fully capable of contributing to the execution of energy investment programs in Italy and of taking advantage of opportunities offered by the international demand for equipment and services resulting from major investment projects around the world.
Assomineraria promotes the association’s activities by means of studies, conferences, seminars and workshops on topics of interest to its members as well as through its collaboration or involvement with national and international bodies, such as Confindustria Energia in Italy and the Industrial Minerals Association (IMA-Europe), for initiatives related to energy and environmental policy.
Finally, the association plays a role in union representation for the national collective contract for the mining industry.
One of Assomineraria’s main strengths is its focus on jobs and employment, since it represents 20,000 workers at production sites alone. The efforts of member companies in Italy, including significant investment and constant technological innovation, have led to the development of underground resources of great strategic and economic importance.
Internationalization, digitalization, and legislative compliance, particularly with regard to the environment, efficient investments, community relations, and the development of the value chain are all issues at the heart of projects promoted by the association.
Finally, strong emphasis is placed on education and training for the highly specialized positions needed within the industry. Among its activities, the association features the ASSOIL School, based in Basilicata, for technical and career training.