Pacific Ethanol, the largest West Coast-based marketer and producer of ethanol, will soon begin construction on a 50 million gallon per year ethanol facility at the Port of Stockton, Calif., dramatically increasing ethanol production capacity in the state.

The company has secured a 50-year lease on a 30-acre site at the port. The company further stated that it expects to begin construction, which should take approximately 14 months, within the next thirty days.

Located on the Stockton Deepwater Ship Channel, 75 nautical miles due east of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Port of Stockton, Calif., owns and operates a diversified and major transportation center that encompasses a 2,000-acre operating area.

The Port is one mile from Interstate 5, and all interconnecting major highway systems. Rail service is provided by two transcontinental railroads, Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Locating at the Port will give added options and flexibility to the company for both incoming raw materials as well as outgoing products.

Stockton is located in the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley. The San Joaquin Valley is home to over one million dairy cows providing a ready market to the wet distiller grains produced by the plant consistent with the company’s strategy of operating in destination markets.

CEO Neil Koehler said, “The Stockton plant will be our third in the State of California. With demand at nearly one billion gallons last year, California is the largest single market for ethanol in the U.S. This plant’s strategic access to water, rail and road transport should give us affordable access to most markets in California and beyond.”

“The Stockton plant remains true to our destination model, with its location in the San Joaquin Valley of California and proximity to its population of over one million head of dairy cattle,” Koehler said.

Pacific Ethanol has an ethanol plant in Madera, Calif., two additional plants under construction in Boardman, Oregon, and Burley, Idaho, a third plant soon to be under construction in the Imperial Valley near Calipatria, Calif., and owns a 42 percent interest in Front Range Energy, LLC which owns an ethanol plant in Windsor, Co.