Algiers is unlikely to scupper Total’s $8.8bn purchase of Anadarko’s Africa assets. But the potential for drawn-out negotiations could nonetheless threaten the deal, which in turn forms a key part of Oxy’s financing of its $57bn Anadarko takeover.

Algeria energy minister Mohamed Arkab says that Algeria may look to pre-empt the sale by Occidental (Oxy) to Total of Anadarko’s Algeria assets.

Algeria has yet to be officially informed of an $8.8bn side-deal that would...