SYDNEY, Sept 19 The sale of Australia's biggest
general cargo terminal, Port of Melbourne, was awarded to a
group led by QIC Private Capital, said the government of
Victoria on Monday.
Two consortiums bid last week on the up to A$7 billion
privatisation of the asset.
Lonsdale Consortium, which won the 50-year lease of the
port, includes QIC Private Capital Pty Ltd, the investment arm
of the Queensland state government, Australia's sovereign Future
Fund, New York-based Global Infrastructure Partners, Canada's
Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement System and the
California Public Employees' Retirement System.
The other bidder was IFM Investors Pty Ltd, Australia's
biggest pension fund investor, with Macquarie Group's
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Dutch pension fund
manager APG Asset Management NV.
(Reporting by Cecile Lefort; Editing by Michael Perry)