Ashtabula Coal Pier

From Global Energy Monitor

Ashtabula Coal Pier is a coal dock at Ashtabula, Ohio. It is owned by rail company Norfolk Southern.


The pier is located on Lake Erie.

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Norfolk Southern has owned and operated the Ashtabula coal pier since 1999. The port serves as a transload point for bituminous coal from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, which is then sent to electric generating utilities and cement producers in Canada and the Great Lakes Basins. Annual coal capacity is 6.3 million tonnes.[1]

In December 2015 owner Norfolk Southern railroad said it planned to idle its operations at Ashtabula after spring 2016, due to declining coal demand, and shift operations to the railroad's Sandusky Dock in Ohio. Ashtabula will continue to operate until all coal inventories have been transloaded, which is expected to be completed by May 2016. The facility will remain idled until and if market conditions warrant reopening.[2]

Project Details

  • Owner: Norfolk Southern
  • Location: Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Capacity (Tonnes per annum): 6.3 million
  • Status: Retired (2016)
  • Start year: 1999
  • Coal source: Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia



  1. "Ashtabula Coal Pier," Norfolk Southern Corporation, accessed May 2015
  2. "Norfolk Southern closing one coal dock in Ohio," Richmond Times, Dec 22, 2015

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