Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934


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            DELAWARE                     1-9210               95-4035997
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                 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA                        90024
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Item 1.01.  Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
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On January 13, 2005, Occidental Petroleum Corporation entered into a new
employment agreement with Stephen I. Chazen, Senior Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer and head of Corporate Development, replacing his prior
agreement which would have terminated in October 2005. The new agreement is for
a term expiring in January 2010, and provides for an annual salary of not less
than $720,000. In addition, the agreement provides that Mr. Chazen will be
eligible to participate in all benefit programs as are generally applicable to
all salaried employees and senior executives during the term of the agreement.
Mr. Chazen may terminate the agreement at any time upon 60 days notice.
Occidental may discharge Mr. Chazen and terminate the agreement for material
cause without severance or other pay upon 30 days' written notice. If Mr.
Chazen's employment is terminated as a result of incapacity and he is a
participant in and qualifies for benefits under Occidental's Long-Term
Disability Plan, Occidental will pay Mr. Chazen the difference between 60
percent of his annual salary and the maximum annual disability benefit, for so
long as he remains eligible to receive disability benefits. In the event he is
terminated without cause, Mr. Chazen will receive an amount equal to twice the
sum of his highest base salary and annual cash bonus target, which amount is
payable over a two-year compensation period. During the compensation period, Mr.
Chazen will continue to be eligible to participate in all employee benefit plans
available to salaried employees and senior executives and to exercise stock
options and stock appreciation rights previously granted him that are or become
exercisable. Following the compensation period, Mr. Chazen will continue as a
consultant to Occidental until January 2010, at an annual salary of $50,000.
During the compensation period and any consultancy period, any stock-based
awards granted prior to Mr. Chazen's termination will continue to vest in the
same manner and in the same amounts as if he continued as a full-time employee.

Section 8 - Other Events

Item 8.01.  Other Events
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On January 17, 2005, Occidental issued a press release announcing the division
of its oil and gas operations into two core regions -- Western Hemisphere and
Eastern Hemisphere. The full text of the press release is attached to this
report as Exhibit 99.1.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                              OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION

DATE:  January 18, 2005     /s/  S. P. Dominick, Jr.
                            S. P. Dominick, Jr., Vice President and Controller
                            (Chief Accounting and Duly Authorized Officer)

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

        99.1    Press Release dated January 17, 2005