Occidental’s jet just made another trip, setting off fresh speculation about its deal for Andarko – CNBC

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The development was first reported byBloomberg News. Occidental and Shell declined to comment on the voyage.

It’s unclear whether the two energy companies are meeting. However, Occidental’s bid for Anadarko largely boils down to the latter’s oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin, where Anadarko and Shell share acreage.

The joint venture has been asource of frictionbetween the two, but the companies avoided a messy divorce last year.

Occidental’s earlier trip to Nebraska tipped off investors that Occidental had something in the works with the Oracle of Omaha’sBerkshire Hathaway. Research firm Gordon Haskett flagged the journey, citing information from Quandl. Gordon Haskett told CNBC Wednesday it couldn’t immediately confirm that the Occidental jet was in the Netherlands.

The Gulfstream also made a recent trip to Paris, where French oil giantTotalis headquartered, Bloomberg reported. Occidental hasagreed to sell Anadarko’s African oil and gas assetsto Total for $8.8 billion.

— CNBC’s
Eric Rosenbaum
contributed to this story.

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