Auction is for a refinery, several import terminals and 900 branded service stations
Three consortia, including Middle Eastern funds, are bidding for Royal Dutch Shell's Australian service stations in a A$3bn ($2.67bn) auction, the Australian Financial Review reported on Thursday.
Private equity firm TPG is bidding with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and the Kuwait Investment Authority, the newspaper said.
Macquarie Group is bidding with Thailand's top energy firm, PTT, while oil trader Vitol is working with Abu Dhabi Investment Council.
Shell is looking to sell its refinery in Geelong, several import terminals and 900 branded service stations. A deal could be signed as early as next week, the newspaper said, citing sources close to Shell.
The oil giant is being advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
A senior official from Thailand's top energy firm, PTT Pcl, later denied the report. "We are not getting involved in the deal. We are doing nothing," the official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.
Dear Royal Dutch Shell's Australian , please visit Kuwait and view what a sorry state of affairs Kuwait service stations are run in comparison to the expert manner that UAE service stations are run. This is a key point in determining your future relationship with this bidder that has stalled major development projects in their country (Kuwait) for decades and consistently is dysfunctional in conducting business on contracts.