Port of Stockton

From Global Energy Monitor

Port of Stockton is a deepwater port in Stockton, California. It is governed by a commission appointed by the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County.

The port has a coal terminal operated by Metropolitan Stevedore Company (Metro Ports).


The port is located on the San Joaquin River before it joins the Sacramento River to empty into Suisun Bay. The port sits on about 4,200 acres, and occupies an island in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta.

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The Port exported its first cargo of bulk coal in 1981, and exported below 100,000 tonnes of coal annually until 2012, when rail provider Union Pacific and Metro Ports completed a US$1.2 million rail line expansion into the port, effectively doubling the coal and iron ore capacity from 3 to 6 trains a week.[1][2]

In March 2013, Bowie Resources, operator of the Bowie No 2 Mine in Colorado, secured an agreement with the port of Stockton to ship up to 1 million tonnes per year.[1][3]

In May 2013, the port laid out plans to expand bulk commodity shipments at the port to 3 million tonnes per year.[1]

In June 2013 Arch Coal sold its Utah coal mines to Bowie Resources. Bowie said it had agreed to ship 2.1 million tonnes of coal through the port of Stockton.[4]

The port shipped 1.7 million tonnes of coal in 2014,[5] and nearly 2.7 million since 2011. The coal was exported from the port to Mexico, China, Chile, Guatemala and Hawaii.[6]

In 2016 the port's annual capacity was reported to be 4 mtpa, of which 0.8 mtpa was coal exports.[7]


In June 2015 the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in San Joaquin County Superior Court requesting that the Port of Stockton’s planned US$7.4 million rail project be halted until the agency conducts a full environmental review of its potential impacts. The project would boost rail capacity to the port from six to to 12 bulk unit trains per week. In approving the project, commission members concluded it was exempt from California Environmental Quality Act provisions calling for an extensive review to identify environmental impacts of major construction projects. The state’s environmental rules do provide exemptions for repair or maintenance of existing facilities, but the Sierra Club argues the project is not a repair but an expansion that would increase the port's handling of coal, increasing health effects from coal dust.[8]

Coal plant

The port is the site of the Port of Stockton District Energy Facility, owned and operated by FPL Energy Operating Services Inc. in Stockton, California.

Project Details

  • Owner: Metropolitan Stevedore Company (Metro Ports)
  • Location: Stockton, California
  • Capacity (Million tonnes per annum): 4
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year: 1981
  • Type: Exports
  • Coal Source: Colorado, Utah
  • Cost of expansion:
  • Financing for expansion:

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Application of Port of Stockton, San Joaquin County, CA, West Complex Dredging Docks 16-20, Section 404 Clean Water Act and Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act," US Army Corps of Engineers No: SPK-2008-00171, Sep 23, 2013
  2. "Port of Stockton," Union Pacific, accessed May 2015
  3. "Port of Stockton," Energy and Infrastructure, accessed May 2015
  4. "Coal trains coming to California," Daily Kos, June 19, 2013
  5. "Port of Stockton sets record for shipping in 2014," Record Net, Dec 31, 2014
  6. Annual Report, Port of Stockton, 2014
  7. "2016 Annual Report," Port of Stockton, 2016
  8. "Sierra Club would block Port of Stockton rail expansion," Record Net, June 23, 2015

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