The logo of French oil company Total at La Defense business district, near Paris. Photo: Justin Lorget/Getty Images

French oil-and-gas giant Total said Sunday it has entered a deal with Occidental Petroleum Corp. to acquire Anadarko’s assets in Algeria, Ghana and South Africa for $8.8 billion, Reuters reports. The deal, which would be expected to close next year, is contingent on Occidental winning the war to acquire Anadarko.

Why it matters: The proposed deal is a new twist in the high-stakes battle between Chevron and Occidental to acquire Anadarko in what would be the biggest oil mega-deal in years. It signals how Occidental, which has bid much more than its larger rival Chevron, is seeking to show that it’s well-positioned to emerge from the expensive transaction in a strong position and successfully combine its operations with Anadarko’s.

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