Almost two months after Anadarko agreed to be taken over by Occidental in a $57bn deal, Algiers is still yet to be officially notified of a $8.8bn side-deal in which Total would take Anadarko’s Algeria and other African assets.

Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab told MEES on 1 July at Opec “Anadarko’s remains one of our best production partners. For the moment this transaction Total/Anadarko has not been presented to us. Officially we know nothing about it.”

Mr Arkab has...