* Deal will be Total’s biggest since Elf acquisition

* Total had kept an eye on Anadarko’s Africa assets

* For Total’s CEO, the deal was a match made in heaven (Adds Shell looked at Mozambique project, Chevron dropping bid)

By Bate Felix

PARIS, May 9 (Reuters) – It took Total’s chief executive and a small group of advisers just days to line up the French energy major’s biggest acquisition in almost two decades when it agreed to buy the African assets of U.S. firm Anadarko.

Patrick Pouyanne pounced after Occidental Corp trumped Chevron’s $33 billion bid for Anadarko in April with an offer that includes raising financing by selling some of Anadarko’s operations worth up to $15 billion. Chevron walked away from the race