The first crematorium in the Algarve was opened in Albufeira, with expectations of providing more than 2,000 services per year, told the press today of the company responsible for the crematorium.
“There was a great need for a crematorium in the Algarve because it’s the only region in the country that doesn’t yet have such an infrastructure”, Cremal’s managing partner, Paula Ganhão, told the press.
The nearest crematorium is in Ferreira do Alentejo, in the district of Beja, some 150 kilometres from Albufeira, and already had “only one cremation per day”, which forced Algarve agencies to go to Setúbal to carry out the cremation.
Paula Ganhão said that the plant began tests on 13th January to start operations and entered the “operational phase” on 19th March, having already provided “around 20 services” at 280 euros each.
“The need for a crematorium in the region led funeral directors to follow the construction and know when it would be available to provide the service,” he said, anticipating that there would also be a certain market in the Baixo Alentejo.
In the building constructed next to the Vale Pedras cemetery in Albufeira, two crematory ovens with a capacity of “10 to 12 cremations per day, integrated with an ecumenical chapel and a farewell room,” he revealed.
Outside, gardens have been created where unwanted ashes can be deposited, in a 50-centimetre watertight tin container, explained the woman in charge.
Paula Ganhão said that Portuguese legislation allows family members or friends to take, keep or deposit the ashes wherever they want, including burial at sea.
Construction of the crematorium began in April 2019, after the works were awarded by Albufeira City Hall in November 2017.
The investment value exceeded the 600,000 euros originally planned, which were fully funded by Cremal, the company that will operate the service for the next 30 years.
Due to the state of emergency imposed in Portugal, there will be no personal service, but only direct contact with the funeral directors, always ensuring all the protection measures for both the employees and those in contact with them.
Cremal is a company made up solely of Algarve capital, with six partners, founded with the aim of bidding for the construction of crematoria in Faro and Albufeira.
In the case of Faro Crematorium, after an eight-year stalemate, the municipality signed a contract with another company last June for the concession and operation of the new structure, which is expected to be operational in September.